Little Rock Elects First Black Mayor
Voters in Little Rock, AR on Tuesday elected the city’s first Black Mayor. Frank Scott defeated Baker Kurrus in the runoff election for the nonpartisan, open seat. Scott had said he wasn't running to be Little Rock's first elected Black Mayor, but he sought to bridge some of the city's biggest divides. The 25-year-old has served as a VP at First Security Bank for the past seven years. He previously served as Director of the Board of Directors for Little Rock’s Port Authority as a Highway Commissioner. The 2005 University of Memphis graduate, who also earned his Master’s from the University of Arkansas, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 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. African Americans make up about 42% of the city's population and nearly 16% statewide. Little Rock has previously had two Black Mayors, but they were elected City Directors chosen for the job by fellow board members and not by voters. More here.