Businesswoman and nonprofit founder Pamela Whitaker announces 2022 bid for Little Rock mayor
Pamela Whitaker, a businesswoman and founder of a nonprofit, announced Wednesday that she intends to run for mayor of Little Rock in next year’s election.
Whitaker, 66, will likely face Mayor Frank Scott Jr. as he runs for a second term, though the mayor has yet to officially announce a re-election effort. Scott was elected in a run-off in December 2018 against lawyer Baker Kurrus.
According to a press release, Whitaker has lived in Ward 1, which encompasses the downtown area and surrounding communities, for nine years.
She is the Managing Director of East Coast Awakening LLC, which a campaign press release described as “a security and drone services company” that she founded in 2012.
Whitaker is also the founder of Cyber Fly Girls, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in science, technology, engineering, and math, commonly known as STEM.
“I imagine a ‘connected’ Little Rock, a Little Rock that no longer bears the scars of systemic racism,” she said in a statement included in the statement. “A city that plans its growth and extends open arms to those who would like to join us. A wise little rock in its decisions to protect our land, sky and water on which we operate and build our homes.”
According to his resume, in addition to his work for East Coast Awakening, Whitaker worked on technology controls and project management for Centennial Bank from February to November 2018 and as a technical program manager for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. from December 2016 to May 2017.
From 2013 to 2016, she was a technical consultant for the Department of Arkansas Heritage, according to her resume.
Referring to his experience with budget controls and auditing, the statement said Whitaker will ensure that municipal services are run effectively and efficiently.
“Due to my experience in process improvement, I have a step-by-step strategy to reduce ethical operations within departments and organizations, and that would top my list as mayor,” a- she declared.
In March 2020, Whitaker ran as a Democrat in an unsuccessful challenge to Donna Massey for her District 6 seat in Pulaski County Quorum Court.
When reached by phone on Wednesday, Whitaker admitted she was not a registered Democrat. Voter information filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office did not mention any party affiliation for Whitaker.
She described the 2020 race as “a kind of warm-up for me”, and said she had not run for public office outside of this campaign.
Other candidates who have announced their intention to run for mayor of Little Rock in 2022 are Greg Henderson, the owner of the Rock City Eats food blog, and Steve Landers, the founder of a chain of car dealerships.