Mark Darr Announces Run for Arkansas' 4th District Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 7:15 am  

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr

"I'm sure there were many in the Capitol that would have enjoyed hearing the Lt. Governor's ideas on the private option while they were timely and relevant," spokesman Ryan James said in an email. "Leadership is recognizing a bad deal for Arkansans, doing what one's constituents demand, and not waiting over 100 days to weigh in on a controversial issue - all things Bruce Westerman did as House Majority Leader."

Darr was elected lieutenant governor in 2010, when Republicans won three of the state's seven constitutional offices. He pushed for the creation of an "online checkbook" where Arkansans could look up information.

He clashed earlier this year with Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe when Beebe was out of state and Darr signed a law making secret the names of Arkansans allowed to carry concealed handguns. Beebe later criticized Darr for the move.

Janis Percefull, a community college teacher from Hot Springs, is the only announced Democratic candidate for the 4th District. Beth Anne Rankin, who was the GOP nominee for the seat in 2010 and lost the primary to Cotton last year, is considering running.

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