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Baker Kurrus endorses Steve Landers for mayor. We offer the asterisks.

Baker Kurrus, the businessman routed by Frank Scott Jr. in a runoff for mayor in 2018, will distribute a prolonged assertion tonight endorsing Steve Landers for mayor over Scott.

Let’s get all of the noise out of the best way. Kurrus has been a critic of Scott beforehand. He is a brilliant man and is aware of his views will probably be seen by some (many?) as bitter grapes. He has labored with Landers. There are a large variety of individuals, significantly liberals who backed Warwick Sabin, edged out of the 2018 runoff, who view Kurrus as an unwelcome interloper in 2018 and nonetheless view him harshly.

All of which is to say: With a handful of individuals, I’m undecided a Kurrus endorsement provides a lot to the anti-Scott vote, besides maybe with a couple of who’ve identified Kurrus for years, respect his advocacy for public faculties over 15 years and significantly admire his stand on precept towards the constitution college explosion, a place for which he was fired by the Hutchinson administration as Little Rock college superintendent.

Here’s Kurrus’ pitch.

It’s too lengthy and too rooted in information to be made right into a 30-second industrial, the core of politics at present. But it surely’s a product of research, of which politics are in far too quick provide at present.

He says Landers’ profitable enterprise profession does translate into metropolis government management and if he’s elected he’ll construct a very good staff. If he asks Kurrus, he’ll serve, he stated.

He faults Scott for failure to work with the Metropolis Board. He has not delivered on guarantees, significantly within the Police Division. Division heads are confused by strains of authority at Metropolis Corridor. He hasn’t delivered unity or transparency. He exaggerates (a sort phrase) things like job creation and crime statistics. He’s rewarded campaigners with fats jobs and cronyism has develop into a trademark of the Scott administration. He’s spent closely on a police safety element and development in administrative jobs, whereas parks and different metropolis endeavors have suffered. LITFest? Sufficient stated already. However Kurrus feedback:

Somewhat than settle for duty for his personal wrongful actions and mismanagement, Scott blamed the failure on town legal professional and others. The town legal professional didn’t deal with the key basis settlement. Scott’s chief of workers negotiated all of that, and it’s troublesome to imagine Scott, his former chief of workers, his present chief of workers, and the homeowners of Assume Rubix weren’t in communication about all of it, understanding that it was fallacious.

In abstract, even when Scott had achieved what he had promised, I don’t suppose he’s match to serve. He’s not dealing brazenly and pretty with the residents, town price range or town’s workers. He boasts of issues that he has not achieved. He has mismanaged town’s largest departments, and he has no plan to do higher.

I believe that is honest criticism, rooted in information. Is it sufficient to vote for Landers, backed by a retrograde-Republican-backed darkish cash onslaught? To vote for a automotive seller whose personal Republican proclivities and public statements on vital progressive points — abortion, gun security, LGBT — are at odds with prevailing sentiment in blue Little Rock and at odds with Frank Scott’s unequivocal positions?

That may be a a lot tougher query.

A a lot simpler query for me can be if the selection was Kurrus or Scott.

Greg Henderson and Glen Schwarz are additionally working. So there’s that.

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