Hot Springs businessman enters 4th District race


LITTLE ROCK — Hot Springs businessman Tommy Moll announced Monday he plans to seek the Republican Party nomination for the 4th Congressional District seat.

Moll becomes the third Republican to announce for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, who has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Two other Republicans, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr of Mansfield and state Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs have already said they plan to run for the 4th District congressional seat.

The lone Democrat to announce for the seat is Janis Percefull, a Hot Springs teacher and author.

Moll said in a news release Monday that his top priorities would be jobs and the economy, adding that unemployment in the 33 counties that make up the 4th District is 8.4 percent.

“I am running for Congress to defend our freedoms from a federal government that is out of control,” said Moll, who worked at the Jefferies investment banking firm, concentrating on the energy sector. He also previously worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.

Cotton, who is serving his first term in Congress, recently announced plans to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.