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Arkansas’ capital city could elect its first black mayor

November 29, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six decades after it was the center of a school desegregation fight, Little Rock may be on the verge of electing its first African-American mayor.

Frank Scott, a 35-year-old banking executive, may break that barrier in the Dec. 4 runoff election. Scott is running against Baker Kurrus, a 64-year-old white attorney and businessman, in the race for the nonpartisan seat.

Race remains a dividing line in Little Rock long after the 1957 Central High School desegregation . The city’s police department faces questions about its tactics, and the predominantly black Little Rock School District has been under state control for the past three years.

Little Rock has had two black mayors, but they were elected city directors chosen for the job by fellow board members.

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