Former Arkansas GOP chairman running for lieutenant governor

Former Arkansas Gop Chairman Running For Lieutenant Governor
Danny Johnston

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Doyle Webb, then chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, is interviewed in Little Rock, Ark. Webb is running for lieutenant governor next year. Webb's announcement on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, makes him the third GOP candidate to seek the state's No. 2 constitutional office.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb announced Tuesday he’s running for lieutenant governor next year, making him the third GOP candidate to seek the state’s No. 2 constitutional office.

“I look forward to a vigorous campaign and getting out in the state and visiting with the people I’ve visited with for the last 10 to 12 years,” Webb said.

The other Republicans running for the seat are state Sen. Jason Rapert and state Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe.

The state’s current lieutenant governor, Tim Griffin, is barred by term limits from seeking reelection next year. Griffin is running for the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Webb, 65, is a former state senator who chaired the state GOP from 2008 through 2020, a period where Republicans became the state’s majority party. He served five years as chief of staff for former Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, who died in office in 2006.

Webb is married to state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Webb, who won her seat on the state’s highest court last year.

Webb said he submitted his resignation last month as Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s redistricting director, and his resignation took effect on Friday.