LITTLE ROCK — The president of the Arkansas Poultry Federation said Tuesday he is mulling a run for state attorney general next year.

Poultry Federation chief Marvin Childers, a former Republican state representative from Blytheville, said he has been approached by a variety of friends and colleagues and is seriously considering a 2014 race for the state’s top legal and law enforcement post.

"I am getting a lot of encouragement and I’m going to give it serious consideration," Childers told Arkansas News Bureau columnist Roby Brock.

He said he would decide sometime this summer whether to run for the office.

North Little Rock lawyer David Sterling, a Republican, is the only announced candidate for attorney general. No Democrat has announced intentions to run. Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is term-limited.

Childers served three terms in the state House, from 2001-2007. In 2004, when Democrats controlled the House by a 70-30 margin, He narrowly lost the House speaker’s race to Democrat Bill Stovall.

Childers said his legislative background, as well as his business involvement during the last five years with the Poultry Federation — which covers Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma — would be assets if he makes the race. He has also practiced law with the Little Rock-based Friday, Eldredge & Clark law firm since 2000 and previously practiced law in Blytheville.