Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola not seeking re-election

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola released a letter to the citizens of Little Rock on Tuesday, announcing that he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his third term. (Photo: KATV)

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has announced he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his term.

In an open letter to the citizens of Little Rock, Stodola wrote he will not be seeking a fourth term because of a very recent, serious medical diagnosis involving one of his immediate family members.

State Representative Warwick Sabin and Frank Scott remain in the mayoral race.

Mayor Stodola's full letter can be read below:

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF LITTLE ROCK I am announcing today that I will not be seeking a fourth term as Mayor of Little Rock. A very recent, serious medical diagnosis involving one of my immediate family members has caused me to take stock of the future and make a decision that is best for my family at this time. In light of this new development, I have decided to cap my time as your mayor at the end of this term.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your mayor over the last 12 years. It is a job I love. Together, we have tackled many important issues and projects in our city, transforming our many quality of life attractions, finding ways to fund our city’s infrastructure needs, creating jobs and investing in our young people with public safety as a top priority. I am proud of this city and what we as a community have helped shape. I am confident in a bright future.
This has been a very difficult decision and I want to thank all of my many supporters for the faith and confidence you have placed in me. I truly regret disappointing you by not running. While I am confident we would be successful in November, I must absolutely do what is best for my family at this time.
As for me, I will return to the private sector and continue to pursue opportunities to develop new relationships with businesses and national organizations who are also committed to improving people's lives in communities across the United States. Between now and the end of the year, we will continue to work tirelessly to build a better city and as President of the National League of Cities, I will continue to showcase our city and its successes.
As for the future, as the old adage goes, “Once a mayor, always a mayor” so I will continue to find ways to stay involved in building the city I love and have dedicated myself to improving. As for politics, there are important races that occur every two years so I will stay engaged in the dialogue that will help direct our future.
I am blessed to be a part of this city and our many accomplishments and most happy to have been a part of it along with my hardworking colleagues on the City Board of Directors. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Jo Ellen and I will be forever indebted to you.
Sincerest Regards,
Mark Stodola

Warwick Sabin issued the following statement after hearing of Mayor Stodola's plans, "I congratulate Mark Stodola for his three terms as mayor, and I join everyone in Little Rock in expressing my appreciation for his many years of service to our city. I am sorry to hear about the health challenge that his family is facing, and I understand his need to make that his priority. I wish him every success as he completes his tenure in office and embarks upon the next phase of his career.”

Frank Scott, Jr. said, "I have the utmost respect for Mayor Mark Stodola and am in solemn prayer for his family and their loved one referenced in the statement. His 12 years in the Mayor’s office embodied honor and decency, and Little Rock is thankful for his service.

By declining to run for re-election, Mayor Stodola has opened the door for a new mayoral leadership in Little Rock. I look forward to continuing my exploratory committee journey, listening to the concerns of families, and charting a course that builds on Little Rock’s wonderful assets, while working to unify our city to reach her fullest potential."

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