LITTLE ROCK — State Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, launched a website Wednesday signaling his plan to run for lieutenant governor in 2014.
The current officeholder, Republican Mark Darr, said Monday he will seek the 4th District congressional seat.
Collins chairs the House Revenue and Tax Committee and has been a proponent of income tax cuts and other major tax reductions.
"Why do I want this job? Well, there are several reasons. First, I love this state and its people," Collins said online. "I want to be a part of that team and I think that my background in the military, in business and in government has prepared me to fill an important role in bringing this agenda to life as lieutenant governor."
Lieutenant governor is a part-time position in Arkansas. Under the state’s 1874 constitution, the officeholder serves as acting governor when the governor is out of state and serves as president of the Senate during legislative sessions.
Collins said he would not be a passive officer, pledging to work to alter the tax code, push a pro-business agenda and help foster gains for the Republican Party.
"I pledge to work with our next Republican governor and to work with our next Republican legislature to help craft the practical details of legislation needed to make our great state better still, to help pass that legislation — and believe me, that isn’t always easy — and then to work actively as part of the team to implement the changes needed to turn the state government around," he said.
Two other Republicans have expressed interest in the lieutenant governor’s office — Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, and Conrad Reynolds of Conway.
Businessman John Burkhalter, a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, is the only Democrat seeking the office.