One of the most crowded races in the upcoming 2022 Arkansas elections has gained a new contender. The race for the Arkansas Lieutenant Governor’s Office has grown to four candidates, all in the Republican Party.
Washington County Judge Joseph Woods has announced his plans to seek the state office.
Woods is the fourth candidate seeking the post, after state Sen. Jason Rapert, Doyle Webb and state surgeon general Dr. Greg Bledsoe. The candidates will succeed current Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who is term-limiting out of the office and will be seeking the state Attorney General’s Office.
Currently, Woods is serving his second term as the Washington County county judge. He previously served as a deputy secretary of state.
According to his biography on the Washington County government website, Woods has been a small business owner with a career consulting firm; has held multiple roles at Walmart, including head of international recruitment and staffing; has been a district human resources director for Home Depot; and was an assistant director of admissions for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Woods will be running in the Republican primary against the three other candidates. No Democratic candidates have announced plans to seek the office.