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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. ( 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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  • HM2
    December 5, 2018 at 8:25 p.m.

    Good luck Little Rock, You'll need all the help you can get.

    December 5, 2018 at 11:14 p.m.

    The fact that Scott's victory scares racists like HM2 tells me that Little Rock is moving in the right direction.

  • Morebeer
    December 7, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

    When a resident in the southern part of the city says she feels like her neighborhood as been "forgotten" by City Hall, I wonder what she means. If it's street repair or drainage problems, say so. As it is, the crime-ridden neighborhoods get far more police patrols than other areas, and the police department's special investigation divisions (violent crime, break-ins, robberies) spend virtually all of their time working in those neighborhoods. Meanwhile, both Scott and Kurrus vowed to further increase police presence, which most likely will increase police interaction in those neighborhoods and lead to complaints of heavy-handed policing. Meanwhile, City Hall can't paint rundown properties or routinely clean up neglected properties without going through a lengthy legal process of notifying and warning the property owners, who can be hard to find. City Hall can't change the behavior of the lightly parented youths who run the streets looking to mug elderly folks in their driveways and pizza deliverymen. Poor neighborhoods need more retailers who provide jobs, services and goods. Many retailers eventually close shop, however, because of chronic break-ins thefts and robberies. How many gunpoint robberies can a business owner accept before acknowledging his place of business is unsafe for his employees and customers? the retailers that remain often end up looking like fortresses with cement pillars and steel gates and bars to deter the smash-and-grab crowd. There is no easy answer to turning around failing neighborhoods. A friend of mine who worked at UALR bought a small home near the campus and fixed it up, because he wanted to bicycle to work. He was burglarized three times BY HIS NEIGHBORS. Gives a whole new meaning to neighbor hoods. That's my rant folks.

  • GeneralMac
    December 7, 2018 at 9:27 a.m.

    and poster OCT calls the FACTS by DSF as " misconceptions "

  • Packman
    December 7, 2018 at 10:10 a.m.

    Had dinner last night with a bond daddy who works downtown and he is upbeat about Scott. Says Scott is a decent and smart guy and something of a black Mike Huckabee (meaning he has a ton of charisma and grounded in his Christian faith).
    Would like to see Scott focus on being a role model for young black men and doing everything in his power to destroy the baby momma/daddy culture. Would like to see him be Little Rock's biggest cheerleader as a great place to live and raise a family. I hope he forgets all that sanctuary city nonsense and doesn't waste political capital on gbltquiaWTF non-issues.
    Frank Scott has the potential to bring folks together and improve Little Rock's reputation. Let's wish him well and support him in his work, so long as he ignores the social justice warriors that have his ear.