State Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, said Friday (Jan. 21) he would leave the Secretary of State’s race and would instead seek the Republican nomination for Treasurer of State.
Sen. Mat Pitsch, R-Fort Smith, has already announced for the Treasurer’s seat. No Democrats have announced yet.
Lowery said there was “not a path forward” in the Secretary of State’s race for him.
“It has been my great privilege to cross the state of Arkansas since July of last year meeting the people of Arkansas and sharing my passion about representing this great state and talking about protecting election integrity,” Lowery said. “I decided over the last month that there was not a path forward in the Secretary of State race but have been energized by the amount of support I have received statewide and their desire for me to continue to serve the state of Arkansas at some level. That is why I am announcing today that I will be entering the race for State Treasurer.”
Lowery has served in the Arkansas House of Representatives since 2013. He is the chair of the House Insurance & Commerce Committee.
He is a former Chief of Staff in the Lieutenant Governor’s office during Mike Huckabee’s tenure and is a former executive director of the Arkansas chapter of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors). Lowery also served as a former editor of the Sherwood Voice and the Maumelle Monitor weekly newspapers.