by Max Brantley
Drew Pritt, a Democrat and local activist, has announced he will run for Little Rock City Board, At-Large, Position # 10. The position is currently held by Joan Adcock.
Pritt says it's time for a "new perspective and a new vision" in Little Rock City politics. He also is not demurred by the title of "gadfly" bestowed on him by Arkansas Times Editor, Max Brantley, or by the fact he garnered 8 votes in a recent Little Rock City School Board race.
"Yes, I do have obstacles to overcome....but overcoming obstacles and finding a solution is key to this position I now seek," said Pritt. "I didn't have the funding in the race for School Board that my two opponents had. That certainly did not devalue the worth of my ideas then or now. As far as being called a gadfly, I am relatively good company, as Socrates,
Mohandas Gandhi, Oscar Wilde, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all were called gadflies by their opponents. Being a gadfly is a thankless task but a gadfly sees a wrong in society. The gadfly pricks and stings the conscience of a society. If the individual keeps at it, society will eventually make the necessary change for the better."
Pritt says there are many issues to address in Little Rock but his key issues will be :
* Protecting the Lake Maumelle Watershed from further development.
* Promoting the implementation, construction, and use of a light rail system for Little Rock.
* Seeing that the economic development is more evenly dispersed and promoted not just downtown but south, southwest, and in areas that need economic renewal.
* Adoption of some sort of a Civil Unions policy for the City of Little Rock.
If Pritt wins, he believes he will become the first openly gay member of the Little Rock City Board of Directors and one of the highest elected officials in the State of Arkansas in the GLBT Community.
"I think that would be wonderful to break another glass ceiling for the GLBT Community," said Pritt. "Kathy Webb broke through in '06 when she was elected to the State Legislature. She has set a wonderful example for myself and others in the community to follow. Discrimination never lasts forever and in the end, in this country, right eventually and always overcomes might!"
Pritt is local political activist. He ran for Lt. Governor of Arkansas as a Democrat yet didn't file. However, his abortive candidacy was the first in either major party by an openly-gay individual. In 2007, he ran for Little Rock City School Board, however, vastly outspent he only received 8 votes. However, he proudly endorsed and campaigned for the run-off winner, Robert Daugherty. He also started and lead a grassroots lobby group that helped defeat House Bill # 959, which would have denied adoption rights to same sex couples, in this last legislative agenda. He is currently a senior at U.A.L.R. seeking a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science.
He lives on Fair Park and is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. He is a member of the Pulaski County Democratic Committee, the Arkansas Democratic Party, Stonewall Democrats, the Arkansas Black Democratic Caucus, the Arkansas Hispanic Democratic Caucus, the National Cathedral Association, the Lions Club, and Diamond State Rodeo Association.