Mark Darr announces for 4th District Congress | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mark Darr announces for 4th District Congress

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

ITS OFFICIAL: Darr for Congress.
  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Darr for Congress.

MARK DARR
  • MARK DARR
As expected, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr announced this evening his Republican candidacy for 4th District Congress, a seat being vacated by Senate hopeful Tom Cotton.

Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman is expected to announced Tuesday in Hot Springs. Janis Percefull, a Hot Springs college teacher, has announced as a Democrat and others are considering the race.

Hard to figure where the fight for critical Garland County will be waged. Both don't like Obama and Obamacare. So what's to distinguish them?

Though the law doesn't require residency in the district, Darr moved to his old hometown of Mansfield to make the race. I'm told his wife Kim will continue her job as a teacher at the Shiloh Christian school in Springdale.

Darr's news release follows.

Mansfield, AR — Lt. Governor Mark Darr officially joined the race for United States Congress Monday
evening. Darr will be running in the fourth congressional district, a seat that will be open as incumbent
Congressman Tom Cotton runs for United States Senate.

At a rally outside of his hometown of Mansfield, Darr said his priorities would be working to end
congressional gridlock, bringing more transparency to the political process, and putting an end to out of
control federal spending.

Darr called the recent revelations of the IRS targeting people opposed to the President and the possible
National Security spying on Americans a “disgrace and total abuse of power by President Obama.”
“Congress seems set on petty bickering rather than addressing unemployment and tax reform” said
Darr. “It’s time for new leadership. It’s time to put Arkansans back to work.”

“Tonight we start a campaign to change Washington,” said Darr. “The establishment that is D.C. has
forgotten about people like us. They have forgotten what normal looks like. Together we will change
that. If you elect me to Congress, I will not forget my roots or the struggles facing Arkansans every day.”
Darr reminded the audience he was the only state elected official to challenge Obamacare. He said he
will work to repeal what he called “the train wreck of a law that will not only indebt our grand kids, but
will end healthcare in America as we know it.”

“We brought Open Checkbook and more transparency to our state government. We went around the
political establishment and signed a law protecting Second Amendment supporters,” continued Darr.
“We have been successful and now it’s time to take our conservative values and winning team to
Washington.”
Darr’s family joined him on stage, with his children leading the Pledge of Allegiance and his wife Kim
standing by his side during his speech. The family plans to hit the campaign trail immediately with stops
around the district.
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