Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Considering Congressional Run

by Jason Tolbert ( 8 views 

With the legislative session behind us, it is that time of the year when everyone begins speculating on what races may lie ahead.  It also gives us a chance to ask again those officials who tell us to wait until after the session.

Lt. Governor Mark Darr is one these candidates.  He has indicated in the past that he (1) is going to run for something and (2) it will not be Governor and probably not Senate.

Deductive reasoning put this as either re-election or a run for Congress.  The Congressional run would be even more likely if Congressman Tom Cotton jumps into a race for the U.S. Senate leaving Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District open.

“I think Tom Cotton is a great Congressman and would make a great Senator. He obviously has choices to make as well,” said Darr when asked about the possibility of running. “I was raised in Mansfield, went to college in Arkadelphia and I already represent the Fourth as Lt. Governor.”

“Even though several have asked me to run if Tom chooses a Senate run, Kim and I will have to pray for God to open the right doors for us to walk through, give us a peace. Even though my name will be on the ballot, my family will have to be all in,” said Darr.

If Darr does decide to run, he likely will have company in the Republican primary.  Republican House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman is believed to be preparing for a run.  Other names mentioned include Rep. Lane Jean, Rep. Matthew Shepherd, and two-time candidate Beth Anne Rankin.

For now, Darr tells me he is going to enjoy time home with his family now that the session is over worrying more about the titles of dad and husband.