Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr is expected to announce today that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Fourth Congressional District.
Darr said Saturday at the Hope Watermelon Festival that he expected to make an announcement today in his Scout County hometown of Mansfield.
“The Fourth District needs somebody who wants to be here for a long time; and, not just for the job title, but to serve the community,” Darr said. “And, so, if the people were to give me that honor, if I decide to run, I'd be happy to do it.”
Darr said that he has moved back to his hometown of Mansfield, which puts him in the Fourth Congressional District as he leaves the lieutenant governor's office in Little Rock.
“It's where I grew up, and it's nice to go uptown and to the store and meet people who knew your parents, and don't want anything from you, they just want to be friendly; and, that is true across Arkansas,” he said.
Darr is the youngest Republican to have been elected to statewide office in Arkansas, born in Fort Smith, the youngest of four children, in the family of a Southern Baptist minister. He graduated from high school in Mansfield and holds a bachelor's degree from Oucahita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, where he met his wife, Kim.
Darr said the predominately rural nature of the Fourth Congressional District makes it necessary to pay more attention to rural concerns.
“We need to take care of rural Arkansas, because that is the bread and butter for Arkansas. I think sometimes that gets neglected, and I hope to be that person,” he said. “I've done it as lieutenant governor, I feel, and I've kept my campaign promises, and there is no reason everybody shouldn't do that, as well as they can. And, I look forward to continuing to serve the people of South Arkansas.”
As lieutenant governor, Darr has served on the National Lieutenant Governor's Association Executive committee as well as its Policy Resolutions Committee, and has represented Arkansas at the 110th China Import and Export Fair. He was an inductee into the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Class of 2011, as well as the Arkansas Business Journal 40 Under 40 Class of 2012.