More than 500 applied. On Friday, Jan. 25, the transition board for Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. announced the names of individuals who will participate in subcommittees to develop recommendations to the Scott administration.
Franks’ campaign had a mission to unite Little Rock in every corner of our city, to move our community forward with bold new leadership ready to tackle the challenges we face, and take action to accomplish the dreams of our future. Now, we begin the journey together starting with the Unite Little Rock Inauguration.
On New Year's’ Day, Frank D. Scott, Jr. will be sworn in as the 73rd Mayor of Little Rock, and immediately following the City of Little Rock will host a reception for the Mayor-elect and Board of Directors. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Unite Little Rock, the organization formed to plan inauguration activities, will host an ecumenical service and party. Each event is free and open to the public. Children are also welcome to attend all events. You can register for tickets using this link.
Inaugural Events | Tuesday, January 1, 2019
2:00 pm // City of Little Rock Swearing-in Ceremony
Doors Open: 1:00 p.m.
Robinson Center (Performance Hall)
426 W Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
City of Little Rock Reception
**Immediately following the swearing-in
5:00 pm // Ecumenical Unity Prayer Service
**Gather here to pray in unity for Little Rock and its future. Various denominations will be represented.
Greater Second Baptist Church
5615 Geyer Springs Road
Little Rock, AR 72209
7:00 - 9:00 pm // The People’s Party
UPDATE: This event has reached capacity.
**Valid registration required for entry
Attire: Holiday Festive
**Please bring a few canned goods or other non-perishable items to be donated to a local food bank.
“Little Rock has had a Black mayor before, but for the first time in town history, supporters voted one in. His name is Frank Scott Jr.
The 35-year-old banking executive and former highway commissioner defeated the city’s police union favored, Baker Kurrus, in Tuesday’s runoff election for the nonpartisan, open seat.”
“The 35-year-old banker and associate pastor ran on a platform of unifying what many see as a divided city. He said the broad support embodied his campaign's mission.”
“Scott had said he wasn't running to be Little Rock's first elected black mayor, but had sought to bridge some of the city's biggest divides: race, income and geography.”
"Democrat Frank Scott on Tuesday was elected mayor of Little Rock, Ark., becoming the first African-American to be elected mayor in the city's history.
Scott defeated Republican Baker Kurrus in a runoff election, winning about 58 percent of the vote, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette."
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.
“Scott's election makes him the highest-profile black official in a state that hasn't elected an African-American to Congress or statewide office since Reconstruction. Blacks make up about 42 percent of the city's population, compared to nearly 16 percent statewide.”
“Frank Scott Jr. made history Tuesday by becoming the first Black mayor elected by popular vote in Little Rock, Arkansas.”
“Little Rock has had two other Black mayors, but they were city directors who were selected for the job by board members, rather than officials chosen by the people.”
“One of this first items on the agenda is convince the LR Board of Directors to vote in favor on changing the current from of government to a Mayor/City Council form of Government.
That means the city would do away with the City Manager Position - turning it into a Chief Operating Officer with the Mayor serving as the Chief Executive Officer.”
“Scott is 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.”
“Watch this video report from THV11 on Frank’s Election Night win.”
“Frank Scott Jr. has been elected mayor of Little Rock.
He defeated Baker Kurrus in the nonpartisan runoff election Tuesday after the two received most votes of the five candidates in the general election Nov. 6.”
“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.”
“He knows black folks in Little Rock want him to represent them. But the community banking executive knows that in order to win, he needs to bring the city together and convince white voters he has their best interests at heart, too.”
The runoff for mayor of Little Rock could be at least as interesting as the first go-round, which proved nigh unto fascinating.
Round One was complicated. Strong plurality winner Frank Scott got 37 percent while utterly defying compartmentalizing.
Ready for the Runoff: Little Rock Mayoral Candidate Frank Scott, Jr.
Frank talks with THV11 about the race, almost reaching the 40% threshold to become mayor, and getting ready for the runoff election on Tuesday, December 4th.