Arkansas’ capital city could elect black mayor for 1st time

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in a runoff election that could result in Little Rock’s first popularly elected black mayor , six decades after Arkansas’ capital city was the center of a school desegregation fight.

Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus are running in Tuesday’s runoff election for the nonpartisan, open seat. If Scott wins the race, he would be the first African American elected mayor of Little Rock.

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

The 35-year-old Scott is a former adviser to former Gov. Mike Beebe. He also served on the state Highway Commission. Kurrus is a 64-year-old attorney and businessman who was the superintendent of Little Rock schools after the district was taken over by the state.

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