Two Little Rock Mayoral Candidates Advance To Runoff

Nov 7, 2018

Little Rock mayoral candidate Frank Scott Jr. campaigning at the corner of 12th Street and University Ave. on Tuesday
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two candidates for Little Rock mayor are advancing to a runoff after none of the five received 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

Frank Scott Jr. held a lead throughout the evening while Baker Kurrus narrowly defeated Warwick Sabin to come in second. After learning that he was in the runoff, Scott said he was extremely excited.

"I'm emotional, I'm intense, I'm grateful, I'm joyful, humble, and very excited that we led through early voting and Election Day," he said.

Kurrus said he's thrilled to keep fighting.

"I'm so appreciative of the other candidates," said Kurrus. "I mean this has been an incredible race for our city with super candidates and I want to congratulate them all."

Both candidates are heading back to the campaign trail. Scott said he's not going to alter his strategy.

"We knocked on 20,000 doors, we called 65,000 people, we want to knock on another 20,000 doors and [call] 65,000 people," he said.

Kurrus said his background is different from Scott's.

"I've been involved in the school district where I managed 3500 people, run big budgets," said Kurrus. "I mean that's just a difference and the public can decide."

A runoff election to decide the city’s next mayor will be held in the coming weeks.