Bruce Westerman Announces Run for Arkansas' 4th District Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 9:05 am  

Bruce Westerman

Darr defended his record, touting his push for an "online checkbook" where Arkansans could look up state spending and his signing on to a friend of the court brief in a federal lawsuit challenging the federal health care law. He also cited his signing into law when Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe was out of state a bill making secret the names of Arkansans permitted to carry concealed weapons.

"I'm proud of my record as lieutenant governor and look forward to discussing my accomplishments on the campaign trail," Darr said in a statement released by his campaign.

During the session, Westerman also unsuccessfully pushed for legislation that would have placed a cap on the growth in state spending. The measure faced opposition from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who warned it would "wreak havoc" on the state's budget. The proposal fell short in the House with a 49-47 vote in February.

Janis Percefull, a community college instructor 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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