Mayors of Major Cities Sharing a Group Text, Dealing with Similar Crises and Recently Featured in Esquire Magazine and The Today Show Lend Support to One of their Own
Shreveport, L.A. – Today, six mayors of major cities across America endorsed Army Veteran and Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins for United States Senate in Louisiana. Mayor Adrian Perkins and the brotherhood of mayors, who have an ongoing text thread, have been recently profiled by Esquire Magazine and The Today Show for banding together to support one another in the face of a dismal federal response to the pandemic. The group of young, African-American men have become an informal support system as they navigate their cities through a public health crisis, economic crisis, and a public reckoning with systemic racism. Mayors endorsing Adrian Perkins for Senate include:
- Mayor Levar Stoney (Richmond, Virginia)
- Mayor Frank Scott (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (Jackson, Mississippi)
- Mayor Steven Reed (Montgomery, Alabama)
- Mayor Randall Woodfin (Birmingham, Alabama)
- Mayor Quinton Lewis (Kansas City, Missouri)
Mayor Perkins has said previously that the insufficient Congressional response to the crisis motivated him to enter the race for U.S. Senate. Many of the mayors profiled lead cities that are predominantly African-American and are fighting a disease and economic crisis that have disproportionately affected people of color.
These mayors join a growing list of endorsements that includes Vice Presidential Nominee Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Catherine Cortez Mastro, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Leader Stacey Abrams, Former Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Former Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee, Louisiana AFL-CIO, Forum for Equality, IWO, VoteVets, Taking The Hill, as well as a slate of key leaders from across Louisiana.