We got a statement late last night from City Director Michael Keck, who announced, as expected, that he'd seek re-election this year rather than run for mayor. Though limited in power and pay, mayor is a full-time job. It's most attractive as a job to those with financial independence (like Jim Dailey) or no money at all.
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NEWS RELEASE FROM MICHAEL KECK
As he committed to do last Thursday, City Director Michael Keck announced his intentions for the upcoming 2006 municipal election.
“After careful and deliberate discussions with family, friends and supporters, I have made a decision to seek re-election to the city of Little Rock’s Board of Directors as a representative of Ward Five. I am proud to have held this seat for the past 13 years and desire to place my name before the voters and serve for four more years. I am pleased with the tremendous progress that has been made in our city during the time that I have served on the Board of Directors. It is rewarding to see the advancement we have made as a city with our growing and diverse economy, a city population that is reversing a decades old trend and is growing its population and we have established a collaborative effort to meet the city’s emergency preparedness needs. In addition, I am proud to represent an area of the city that continues to grow in residential, commercial and office development. West Little Rock is an asset to our city and I am proud to have served as its representative the past thirteen years.”
Keck continued by saying, “It has not been a secret that I have considered for quite some time a race for mayor of our city. The recent announcement by Mayor Dailey to retire from public life provides for a unique opportunity, that being an open seat for the office of mayor. To those who have encouraged me to run and have expressed your support to me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel as if I would have run a good campaign and could have served our city well as its mayor. However, personal and professional demands make it impossible for me to seek this position. I strongly believe that the position of mayor demands the full attention of the holder of that office. To serve as mayor, continue in my professional capacity at St. Vincent Health System and maintain my most important role as Sherry’s husband and Jeremy and Adrienne’s Dad, I feel I could not devote the time, effort and attention that the office demands. That being the case, I have decided to place my name before the voters again and seek re-election to the city Board of Directors and not run for mayor of our great city.”
Keck was elected in November of 1993 to represent the Fifth Ward of the city of Little Rock. He was elected by his Board colleagues to serve in the position of Vice Mayor in 1997 & 1998. He has served in national leadership capacities in the National League of Cities. Most recently, he served for three years on the NLC’s Working Group on Homeland Security. Keck is employed by the St. Vincent Health System as Administrative Director for Medical Staff Development. He is married to the former Sherry Wood. They have two children, a son, Jeremy and a daughter, Adrienne and a dog, D.D. Miranda.