Rep. Andrea Lea (R-Russellville) says she will run for Arkansas Auditor of State.

Lea, who is term-limited, is the chair of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committee.

She will be facing Ken Yang, who has already announced he’ll seek the GOP nomination for Auditor.  No Democrat has declared for the office.

“Experience matters and I want to put my experience to work and serve Arkansans as State Auditor the same way I have served them in the Arkansas General Assembly these past five years,” Lea said. “It is important to have an Auditor who can work to faithfully, respectfully, and ethically execute the duties of the office.”

Before her legislative service, Lea served for nearly a decade as a member of the Pope County Quorum Court and the Russellville City Council.

“As the office responsible for keeping track of the fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies, the State Auditor needs to be someone who has the experience working with state agencies and the people of Arkansas on a number of important issues,” Lea said. “My experience has prepared me for this important position of trust.”

Lea graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Administration and Management. She and her husband, Phillip, have been married for 35 years. They have three grown children.

Talk Business’ Jason Tolbert provided this video of the announcement.

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