With the 2012 election only a month behind us, candidates for 2014 are already forming plans.  GOP Lt. Governor Mark Darr confirmed to The Tolbert Report in a statement released today that he plans to run in 2014, but is not certain which office.

“Many people have questioned me, in one form or another, over the past few weeks about what my future intentions are for 2014,” said Darr. “I fully intend to be on the ballot in 2014. Kim and I are prayerfully considering every possible option, including governor, and we will share that decision at the appropriate time.”  Full statement below.

Darr was elected to the Lt. Governor’s office in 2010 and is eligible for one additional term.  Other Republicans who have said publicly they are considering running include former Congressman Asa Hutchinson who ran against Gov. Beebe in 2006 and conservative activist Curtis Coleman.  On the Democratic side, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has already announced and begun raising money.  Former Democratic Lt. Governor Bill Halter and Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter are also discussed as possible candidates.

Statement from Darr…

Many people have questioned me, in one form or another, over the past few weeks about what my future intentions are for 2014.

For the past two years, I have been honored to be your Lieutenant Governor, an opportunity I never in my wildest dreams would have thought possible.

Walking into our beautiful Capitol never gets old and it is humbling every single time.

I fully intend to be on the ballot in 2014. Kim and I are prayerfully considering every possible option, including governor, and we will share that decision at the appropriate time.

Until then, I am looking forward to the upcoming legislative session. I think Arkansas’ greatest days are ahead and I look forward to working with all Arkansans.

 

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