Businessman Steve Landers sat down with KATV in his first television interview since announcing his candidacy for mayor of Little Rock in 2022. Landers, 67, founded Arkansas’ largest chain of automobile dealerships. Now retired from the car business, he announced his candidacy for mayor on September 15th, just one day after Little Rock voters rejected Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.’s “Rebuild the Rock” penny sales tax initiative. Landers says he believes that vote showed that the city needs new leadership.
Landers says he plans to focus on transparency in the city government and how tax dollars are spent. Landers adds, “Being transparent. Letting you know where your dollars are going. Not taxing people when you don’t need to. Spend the tax dollars we’ve got wisely. I will spend the tax dollars that we already have wisely.”
Landers says another priority of his is public safety. Violent crime is on the rise across the country, and the city of Little Rock is on pace to record one of its deadliest years since 1993. Landers says, “Our city is not safe. contrary to what you see to things that are put out. We’re not safe. Pull up Little Rock on the national rankings, and you’ll see how safe we are.” He adds that “Some of the police and fire that I’ve talked to haven’t had raises in three years. We must have boots on the ground. We must do a better job of spending tax dollars. I have no agenda. I’m not trying to go anywhere. I’m not trying to be anything else. I just want to make our city safe and a great place for people to want to come to.”
Along with Landers in the race for Little Rock mayor is the publisher of the popular ‘Rock City Eats’ website, Greg Henderson. Incumbent Frank Scott, Jr. is expected to seek a second term but has not officially announced his plans, yet. We reached out to the mayor’s office for comment today and were told Mayor Scott is unavailable to comment at this time.