Former State Senator Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, said he will run for the GOP nomination for Arkansas Secretary of State in 2022.
The seat is held by incumbent Secretary of State John Thurston, R-Ark. State Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, is running the Republican primary. Joshua Price is the only announced Democrat for the seat.
Williams left the Senate in 2017 when he was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to serve in his administration to represent the White House on energy issues where he served 16 states, including Arkansas, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Williams was first elected to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. He served as chairman of the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs and on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s transformation team.
He also was the lead sponsor of the Gold Star family monument on the state capitol grounds.
A former mayor of Cabot, Williams worked for Union Pacific Railroad prior to entering politics.
“My commitment to you, the voter, is to make sure our elections are fair, honest and always transparent. I promise when you walk into the Capitol, you will be greeted with a warm and welcoming smile, because we will be working for you, the owner of the Capitol,” Williams said in a campaign statement launching his bid.