Sarah Huckabee Sanders is hotly tipped to run for the Arkansas Governor’s Office in 2023. However, she isn’t ready to reveal her cards yet.
Sanders tells Arkansas Money & Politics that she will not make an official announcement about running until 2021.
Although she has not made an official announcement, Sanders has begun making the rounds in Arkansas at political events in Northwest Arkansas and Hot Springs – a likely indicator that she has her sights set on the Governor’s Mansion. She recently gave an interview with Annie Karni from The New York Times, saying that she feels that has been “called” to run for office.
“It’s the role I’ve been pushed into,” Sanders told Karni. “I wouldn’t want to do that if I wasn’t the right person to fit what the state needed at that time.”
Sanders served as the White House Press Secretary from July 2017 to June 2019. Her tenure as press secretary was marked by a contentious relationship with the press corps. Most notably, Sanders oversaw the phasing out of the daily press briefings at the White House.
As the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Sanders is considered a favorite for the role if she runs. Her close association with President Donald Trump has also solidified her qualifications for many. Trump has reportedly encouraged Sanders to run for the office, even tweeting on June 13 that she would make a “fantastic” governor.
With current Gov. Asa Hutchinson terming out in 2023, she will be entering a heavily contested race. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin – although he has not formally announced – has made no secret of his plans to run for the office. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Sen. Jim Hendren are also seen as possible candidates in the coming election.