Adrian Perkins

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Adrian Perkins
Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana
Assumed office
December 29, 2018
Preceded byOllie Tyler
Personal details
Born (1986-08-27) August 27, 1986 (age 32)
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCaptain Shreve High School
Harvard Law School (JD), United States Military Academy (BS)
ProfessionAttorney
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2009-2015
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star

Adrian Perkins (born August 27, 1986)[1] is a Democratic Party politician and the mayor of his native Shreveport, Louisiana. On December 8, 2018, Perkins defeated incumbent Ollie Tyler, a fellow Democrat, in a run-off election.[2] This was Perkins' first run for office.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Adrian Perkins was born in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport to Johnny and Archie Perkins.[4][self-published source] He attended Captain Shreve High School where he was a member of the student council and the varsity football, basketball and track and field teams.

Inspired to join the United States Army following the September 11 attacks, Perkins sought and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, a United States service academy located in West Point, New York. [4][self-published source] While at West Point, Perkins was the first African-American cadet to be selected class president in the 215 year history of the institution.[4][self-published source]

After leaving the army in 2015, Perkins attended Harvard Law School, at which he earned his Juris Doctor.

Military career[edit]

Upon graduation, Perkins was commissioned as a field artillery officer and posted at Fort Stewart, Georgia. During his career, Perkins was also posted at Fort Sill, Fort Benning, and Fort Campbell and served deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.[4][self-published source]

Perkins achieved the rank of captain and company commander before separating from the army in 2015. [4][self-published source]

Perkins is a Bronze Star recipient.[4][self-published source]

Issues[edit]

Economic development[edit]

Perkins supports expanding Shreveport's budding tech industry through "facilitating the growth of local entrepreneur's ideas and businesses by investing and promoting their models."[5]

Energy[edit]

Perkins support expanding Shreveport's oil and gas industry, one of the largest industries and employers in the state of Louisiana.[6]

Infrastructure[edit]

Perkins supports infrastructure investments for the Shreveport Regional Airport and city water and sewage systems.[7]

After taking office, Perkins soon called for an $18 monthly fee for residential and commercial garbage pick-up to be added to municipal water bills.[8] The city council, however, rejected Perkins' proposal in a six-to-one vote but held out the possibility of a garbage fee at a lesser amount.[9]

Public safety[edit]

Perkins aims to increase public safety by "(1) identifying at-risk youth heading for trouble and offering an alternative route; (2) working alongside the Caddo District Attorney's office to implement programs for job training; (3) building a robust and effective economic stimulation plan that will offer jobs instead of incarceration; and (4) listening to our first class police officers, city leaders, and our community to develop more tailored policing methods." [10]

Questions about airport authority and city insurance[edit]

In April 2019, the Shreveport media analyst Jeffrey D. Sadow told KEEL Radio that Mayor Perkins is "rapidly losing the trust" of his constituents because of two questionable actions early in his administration. Perkins has sought to remove members of the Shreveport Airport Authority so that he could name his own selections, but the move is illegal, according to an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. Perkins changed the city's insurance carrier for a deal brokered by a Perkins campaign donor. The new plan, however, is more expensive and has far less coverage than the policy that he ended.[11]

2018 mayoral race[edit]

On April 26, 2018, Perkins announced he would be running for mayor.[12]

On November 6, 2018, Perkins came in first with 17,466 votes and 28.86% during the blanket primary, yet failed to garner a required 50 percent plus one vote to win outright.[13]

On December 8, 2018, Perkins handily defeated incumbent Ollie Tyler in the runoff to become the 58th mayor of Shreveport and its third consecutive black mayor.[2]

Blanket primary [14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adrian Perkins 17,466 28.86%
Democratic Ollie Tyler 14,405 23.80%
Republican "Jim" Taliaferro 12,407 20.50%
Republican Lee O. Savage, Jr. 8,314 14%
Democratic Steven Jackson 6,760 11.17%
Democratic Tremecius Dixon 482 0.80%
No party Anna Marie Arpino 357 0.59%
Democratic Jeron Rogers 337 0.56%
Total 60,528 100%
Runoff [15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adrian Perkins 25,052 64.37%
Democratic Ollie Tyler 13,864 35.63%
Total 38,916 100%
Political offices
Preceded by
Ollie Tyler
Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana
2018–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adrian Perkins, Shreveport, Louisiana". My Life. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Adrian Perkins wins Shreveport Mayor's race". December 8, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "And then there was one: Adrian Perkins becomes mayor of Shreveport". December 18, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "About Adrian". April 26, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "A thriving Shreveport". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "A thriving Shreveport". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "A thriving Shreveport". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Dominique Brogle (January 17, 2019). "Mayor says proposed garbage fee is necessary to stay competitive, hire drivers". KTBS-TV. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "City Councilman John Nickelson: Why the Garbage Fee Was Voted Dowm (Video)". KEEL radio. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "A thriving Shreveport". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jeff Sadow: Mayor Perkins Already Losing Trust". KEEL Radio. April 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Adrian Perkins announces he's running for Mayor of Shreveport". April 26, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Perkins, Tyler head to Dec. 8 runoff for Shreveport mayor". April 26, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Election Results". November 6, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Election Results". December 8, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.