Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is reportedly tossing her hat into the ring for the next governor’s race.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Rutledge said that she is planning to run in the 2022 governor’s race. Rutledge has been expected to make a run for the governor’s office after Gov. Asa Hutchinson term-limits out.
Multiple names have come up in discussions about the future of the governor’s office. Before Rutledge made her statement, only Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin had confirmed his intention to run for the office.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ name has been tossed around frequently in armchair discussions about the 2022 governor’s race. The former White House press secretary has kept a consistent public profile since returning to Arkansas. She has not made any statements about running for governor and reportedly is not planning to make any announcements until at least after the 2020 election.
To date, there have not been any announcements on Democratic Party contenders. In the 2018 election, Jared Henderson faced Hutchinson, winning approximately 32 percent of the vote to Hutchinson’s 65 percent.