Rep. Warwick Sabin Formally Announces Candidacy for Little Rock Mayor

Rep. Warwick Sabin Formally Announces Candidacy for Little Rock Mayor

Touts New Ideas, New Energy, and Record of Getting Real Results

(Little Rock) – State Representative Warwick Sabin today formally announced his candidacy for Little Rock Mayor. Sabin formed an exploratory committee last July as he considered the possibility of running for the city’s highest elected office. Sabin believes his record of getting results along with his new ideas and new energy is what Little Rock needs in its next mayor.

“For the past year I visited with people across our city, and they shared their desire for bold leadership that gets results for Little Rock. The possibilities for our future are endless, but Little Rock has been standing still for too long, and we need new energy and new ideas to fulfill our potential. My vision for Little Rock begins with a commitment to become a more inclusive city that works for all of its citizens – not only the select few. We must do more to keep our families safe from crime. Little Rock should be a city that attracts businesses of all sizes and jobs that keep families here. Students across Little Rock deserve access to a world-class education, and our public schools need local leadership to guide them. That’s why I’m announcing my campaign for Mayor of Little Rock.”

Sabin is focused on creating positive change to address all of the challenges facing Little Rock. “When it comes to crime, Little Rock must do better. The statistics tell part of the story. Homicides, aggravated assaults, and total violent crimes were at a 10-year-high in 2017. Behind those numbers are real people. As I’ve visited neighborhoods throughout our city, I’ve heard far too many stories of lives disrupted or destroyed by crime. Fighting crime starts with strong city leadership that takes an innovative and collaborative approach to enforcement and prevention.”

“It’s impossible to talk about jobs and economic vitality without discussing public education. The foundation of a city’s ability to attract, retain, and grow thriving businesses is an educated and well-prepared workforce. Which is why Little Rock’s city leadership, starting with the Mayor, has to be fully engaged and committed to providing a world-class education to everyone.”

Sabin’s record speaks to his distinct ability to work across party lines at all levels of government. “As a State Representative, I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get real results that have improved the lives of all Arkansans. I fought to strengthen our state’s ethics laws, improve our public schools, and bring more jobs and economic development to our state. My passion for getting results is also evident in my career. I founded the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub—a cutting-edge resource that supports those who want to create new businesses, invent new products, and acquire new job skills. I helped revitalize the SOMA neighborhood, which has brought new energy and new jobs to the downtown area. I’m proud of my record of getting real results, and as Little Rock’s next mayor, I’m excited about what we can accomplish together.”

Sabin encourages voters to visit to learn more about his vision for Little Rock and his record of real results.



State Representative Warwick Sabin was named one of the top ten legislators of 2013, and the Arkansas Times called him the "Freshman of the session." In 2014, he was one of only 24 national leaders awarded the Rodel Fellowship by the Aspen Institute for his "outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse."

Warwick serves as the Senior Director of U.S. Programs at Winrock International, where he studies and implements programs aimed at helping America’s cities and towns. He has also served as Director of Development for the William J. Clinton Foundation and founded the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. This is a cutting-edge facility that supports those who want to create new businesses, invent new products, and acquire new job skills. Earlier, Warwick served as a press secretary for U.S. Rep. Marion Berry. He was also a writer and editor at the Arkansas Times and the publisher of the Oxford American magazine. 

Prior to his career, Warwick graduated as valedictorian from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he served as President of the Young Democrats and President of the student body. While in college, Warwick was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and was named to the USA Today Academic All-Star Team. He led a successful campaign to have all schools in the University of Arkansas System officially celebrate the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Warwick also won the Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford. While in England, Warwick was the speechwriter to U.S. Ambassador Philip Lader. 

Warwick has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Little Rock, including the Public Education Foundation, Little Rock Workforce Investment Board, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families and the Arkansas Literacy Councils.

Warwick and his wife, Jessica DeLoach Sabin, live in Little Rock.