Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter said Friday that he will leave the commission and resign from three other volunteer boards to focus on his campaign for Lt. Governor.

Burkhalter, a Democrat, said he would resign from the Highway Commission, Pathfinder, Inc.’s board of directors, the University of Arkansas Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee, and the Baptist Health Foundation Board of Trustees.

“I have taken great pride in serving our state through public and community not-for-profit boards. However, I have resigned from four boards on which I have served proudly over recent years, so I can focus my attention on sharing my vision for creating jobs and growing Arkansas businesses through my campaign for Lieutenant Governor. As the future demands on my time grow, I want to make sure that these organizations and their important work continue to progress,” Burkhalter said.

Burkhalter has no announced opponent in the Democratic primary.

State Reps. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensley) and Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) have both announced they will seek the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor. Current Lt. Governor Mark Darr, who withdrew from a race for Congress earlier this year, has not declared his future political plans.

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