Arkansas Community Organizations, a grassroots group, has issued endorsements in three Little Rock races: Mayor Frank Scott Jr., Ward 1 Director Virgil Miller and Andrea Lewis, who’s challenging incumbent Director Doris Wright to represent Ward 6, were the organization’s picks.
The group questioned the candidates on topics near and dear to its mission, including affordable housing, food deserts, police and crime and community investments.
“While our organization has not agreed with Mayor Scott on every single issue over his first term, our members chose to unanimously endorse him for re-election because he is committed to equitable investment and prioritizing neighborhoods that haven’t had their needs met,” ACO wrote in a news release. “He is the only candidate in this race with the experience to lead our city forward.”
The group complained about Miller’s recent vote against Scott’s plan to spend all of the second half of the city’s coronavirus relief money (eight directors voted to leave some dollars in reserve), but said he’d worked well with members of the organization to improve the South End area and promises to ensure that the relief money gets spent before the end of the year with community input.
Lewis, running against Wright in Ward 6, “represents a breath of fresh air and is undoubtedly dedicated to equity,” ACO said. They said Lewis would be able to work with Mayor Scott, who Wright has often been at odds with.