Mayoral Candidate Adrian Perkins: ‘We Felt the Tide Changing’ [VIDEO]
Shreveport mayoral hopeful Adrian Perkins, who led all candidates in the city's general election, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the campaign, election night and his plans heading into December's runoff.
Perkins, who garnered 29% of the general election vote to Mayor Ollie Tyler's 24%, now faces the incumbent in a runoff scheduled for December 8.
The Captain Shreve and West Point grad tells KEEL listeners that it was in the final four weeks of the campaign that "we felt the tide changing" and felt the momentum in the race start to swing his way.
Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler survived Tuesday's election but could not fend off a strong challenge from newcomer Adrian Perkins. Tyler, who is seeking her second term, won 24 percent of the vote, finishing second to Perkins with 29 percent, according to complete but unofficial results.
The runoff sets up a contest between an older candidate in Tyler, who is 73, and a much younger candidate in Perkins, who 33; between a retired school district administrator and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the Harvard University Law School; and between two candidates with roots in Shreveport. Both are Democrats.