LITTLE ROCK — A Democratic state legislator from southwestern Arkansas said Tuesday he plans to run for state attorney general next year.

Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville said he would announce his candidacy Wednesday, outside the Howard County Courthouse in Nashville in the morning and in the afternoon in the Old Supreme Court room at the state Capitol.

Steel, a lawyer who is serving his second term in the state House, will be the first Democrat to announce for the office.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term.

Two Republicans — Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling — have already announced their intentions to run for attorney general in 2014.

Rutledge, of Little Rock, served as deputy counsel for Huckabee when he was Arkansas governor and as legal counsel for his 2008 presidential campaign. She has also served as legal counsel for the Republican National Committee.

Sterling is an attorney in North Little Rock.