Little Rock Elects First African American Mayor

Dec 6, 2018

Frank Scott, Jr is the first elected African American mayor of Little Rock, Ark.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A banking executive and former highway commissioner won Tuesday's runoff for Little Rock mayor, becoming the first African-American elected to lead Arkansas' capital six decades after it was the center of a school desegregation crisis.

Frank Scott, 35,  defeated  Baker Kurrus  in the runoff election for the nonpartisan, open seat.  He'll succeed outgoing Mayor Mark Stodola, who announced earlier this year he wouldn't seek re-election.

Little Rock has had two black mayors in the past, but they were elected city directors chosen for the job by fellow board members and not by voters.