Lt. Gov. Mark Darr announced last week he will not seek the 4th District congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, who is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
Darr cited family considerations, but the announcement came soon after he announced he was filing an ethics complaint against himself for filing a false campaign expenditure report. He said he planned to continue serving as lieutenant governor.
"I feel that my priority needs to be focused on my family, and sometimes trying to achieve titles gets in the way of that," Darr said in a statement.
"I have made many friends across this state — young and old, Democrats and Republicans — and for their unwavering support, I am humbled."
Two other Republicans have announced for the 4th District seat, Hot Springs businessman Tommy Moll and state Rep. Bruce Westerman, also of Hot Springs.
The lone Democrat to announce for the seat is Janis Percefull, a Hot Springs teacher and author.
Darr’s complaint with the Ethics Commission was over reports of hundreds of dollars of expenditures at restaurants and gas stations not long after he took office. He said last week he plans to correct his campaign finance reports to reclassify those expenses as debt reduction payments.
Cotton is the only Republican to announce for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, who is seeking re-election to a third term.