LITTLE ROCK — Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman on Thursday set dates to announce whether they will seek the Republican nomination for Arkansas’ 4th District congressional seat.
Both have expressed their interest in running for the office if U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, were to opt for a Senate bid instead of seeking re-election. Cotton announced Tuesday he would challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2014.
A spokeswoman for Darr said he will make his announcement at 6 p.m. Monday at Buckner Park in Witcherville. The Sebastian County town is about 5 miles north of Mansfield, where Darr has said he hopes to move from his current home in Rogers.
Witcherville and Mansfield are in the 4th District; Rogers is in the 3rd.
Westerman said in a news release he will make his announcement at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Garland County Courthouse in Hot Springs. Westerman lives in Hot Springs, which is in the 4th District.
Currently, the only announced candidate for the office is teacher and author Janis Percefull of Hot Springs, a Democrat.