Another potential candidate in the race is criticizing the timing of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's announcement that he will run for Arkansas governor in 2014.
Bill Halter issued the following statement through his spokesperson:
"People are sick and tired of perpetual campaigns and the election for the next governor is more than two years away. Launching a campaign now for November 2014 undermines candidates on the ballot this November. Time would be better spent working to get ethics reform before Arkansas voters this November."
Original story (11:00 a.m. Wednesday):
Earlier today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) announced plans to run for Arkansas Governor via a statement to the media:
"Today with the filing of Articles of Incorporation, I began laying the groundwork for a campaign for Governor in 2014. This initial legal step allows me to begin the process of organizing and financing a gubernatorial bid."
"A formal announcement of my candidacy will come at a later date, but I expect a hard-fought campaign. I have the experience and ability to lead our state, confront the issues facing our citizens, and meet the demands of a 21st century economy."
"I believe Arkansas's best days are yet to come, and I look forward to sharing my vision in the months ahead."
Dustin McDaniel became the 55th Attorney General of Arkansas in 2007 after Mike Beebe became governor. He was sworn in to his second term in January 2011.
Governor Beebe leaves office January 13, 2015.