NLR mayor's race costliest in city history
Campaign finance reports show that last year's race for North Little Rock mayor was the most expensive in the city's history.
According to reports filed Dec. 31 with the Pulaski County clerk, Mayor Joe Smith's campaign spent more than $347,000 during his successful bid for the city's top post. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Smith also has a debt of more than $38,000 remaining -- despite having raised more than $350,000 in his campaign.
Smith defeated state Rep. Tracy Steele in a runoff election on Nov. 27.
Steele's latest campaign finance report, filed before the runoff, said that he'd received more than $91,000 in contributions and spent more than $87,000.
Mark Clinton, who finished third in the general election, raised $6,960 and spent $6,642.
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