LR mayor to seek third term

LITTLE ROCK — Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola announced Thursday he will seek a third term.

Stodola was first elected mayor of Arkansas’ capital city in 2006 and won a second four-year term in 2010. In a news release Thursday, he said the city has made “tremendous progress” and said he wants to push it even further.

Stodola cited the redevelopment of Main Street, the lighting of three bridges across the Arkansas River, the continuing renovation of Robinson Auditorium and the establishment of a day resource center for the homeless as examples of challenges he has tackled in the past year.

Since he has been mayor, Stodola said 5,000 new jobs with a total payroll of $200 million and capital investments exceeding $1 billion have been created.

He also said 52 police officers and two police substations have been added, $177 million has been dedicated over the next several years to repair the city’s infrastructure, and numerous neighborhood improvement projects have contributed to Little Rock being named by Kiplinger’s Research Service the No. 1 Most Livable City in the U.S. for populations under a million.

Before becoming mayor, Stodola served as Little Rock city attorney for six years and was elected to three two-year terms as prosecuting attorney for the 6th Judicial District. In 1996, he sought the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat and lost to Vic Snyder.