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story.lead_photo.caption Frank Scott Jr. speaks to supporters at Cajun's Wharf during a victory speech on Dec. 4, 2018. - Photo by Josh Snyder

Frank Scott Jr. has been elected Little Rock’s next mayor.

His opponent, Baker Kurrus, conceded shortly after 8:30 p.m.

At that time, unofficial results from the Pulaski County Election Commission showed Scott with 9,590 votes and Kurrus, with 5,025 votes. Only early and absentee votes had been counted. With all precincts counted, unofficial results at 9:42 p.m. were:

Little Rock mayor results as of 9:42 p.m.
Little Rock mayor results as of 9:42 p.m.

Scott, an adviser to former Gov. Mike Beebe who served on the state Highway Commission, becomes the first African American elected mayor of Little Rock, where divisions linger long after nine black students were escorted past an angry white mob into Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

The city has had two black mayors, but both were elected city directors later chosen for the post by fellow board members.

Scott spoke to a crowd of cheering supporters at his watch party at Cajun's Wharf.

"We started this journey making certain we were going to directly engage each and every voter," he said. "So I thank every volunteer, every team member, every donor, every voter, anybody that shot up a prayer or a positive vibe, we just want to say thank you."

Scott thanked his parents, his supporters, Kurrus and anyone who cast a ballot in the race "whether you voted for me or not."

"For the voters that did not vote for us, I want to earn your support," he said. "Because our mission and vision started on September the 12th, 2017. People thought it was funny, but we wanted to talk about unifying our city."

Kurrus is a 64-year-old attorney and businessman who was superintendent of Little Rock schools after the district was taken over by the state.

Kurrus' contract with the school district wasn't renewed after he opposed the expansion of charter schools in the district, a move that rallied Democratic lawmakers and community leaders to his defense.

Kurrus had also called unifying the city one of his goals in the campaign.

"Let's don't give in to the things that divide us. Let's get together, work hard and make this a better place," Kurrus told supporters after conceding the race.

Scott and Kurrus advanced to the runoff from the general election, where five candidates vied for the position. Scott will succeed Mayor Mark Stodola, who didn’t seek reelection.

Read Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

The Associated Press and reporter Josh Snyder contributed to this story.

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  • RBBrittain
    December 4, 2018 at 9:45 p.m.

    RBear, it wasn't mathematically impossible then. PCEC just posted the final numbers; far more ballots were cast on Election Day than early & absentee. Of course, NOW it's impossible; all the precincts have come in.

  • skempf85
    December 4, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.

    Congrats to Mayor Elect Frank Scott Jr!!! #Timeishere!

  • Packman
    December 4, 2018 at 9:55 p.m.

    Pretty much what I predicted. Had no problem with Scott until Cory “Spartacus” Booker became a supporter. Hopefully, Scott will govern nothing like the nitwit Booker.

  • RBear
    December 4, 2018 at 10:01 p.m.

    RBB actually it was. Based on early voting numbers, Kurrus would have had to have claimed a very substantial number of the Election Day votes to close the gap. While he did improve his position, Scott's numbers showed that it would be a miracle shift in the race to have accomplished that. Kurrus would have had to have taken 60+% of the Election Day vote. Looking at the precinct report, Scott was overwhelming Kurrus in several precincts on Election Day which was a key indicator this race was over.

  • OCT
    December 4, 2018 at 10:03 p.m.

    RBear, for real...Little Rock is a nice town. We have a great selection of restaurants and local businesses here, it's relatively inexpensive in comparison to similar cities.,,and crime? It was way, way more hardcore growing up in Orlando/central Florida in the eighties. Anything can happen, anywhere and at any time but you pretty much have to be an unaware fool or looking for trouble to have anywhere near the dangers presented to your person that I see so much fear of in these comments.
    Don't like Little Rock then don't visit, stay safe in your rural enclave, it's that simple. Stay away altogether, and maybe traffic will ease up for us locals who have to deal with rural suburbia commuters coming into town to work every morning.

  • RBear
    December 4, 2018 at 10:05 p.m.

    You called it, Pack. Looking at the precinct report, Kurrus had supporters turning out on Election Day which means they were waiting until the last minute to make up their minds. Scott just pulled in more voters, mostly from Sabin's camp.

  • MaxCady
    December 4, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.

    Meet the new boss same as the old boss.

  • ARMNAR
    December 4, 2018 at 10:52 p.m.

    I love Little Rock. Especially since Arkateacher and KlansmanMac don't live here.

    I look forward to seeing what Mayor Scott brings to the table.

  • OCT
    December 5, 2018 at 7:31 p.m.

    Indeed, ARMNAR...Little Rock is awesome...and I feel way more comfortable in, say, SouthWest Little Rock that I did when I made the mistake of driving through Harrison on a scenic trip to Eureka.

  • NoUserName
    December 5, 2018 at 8:20 p.m.

    Little Rock ain't all that. It's mediocre. And THAT is the problem. We COULD do so much better. Hopefully Scott does that. Personally, I think both these guys would be empty suits given that the position itself is superfluous. Time will tell. First thing that needs to happen, though, is the position of City Manager needs to be eliminated and the responsibilities transferred to the mayor.

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