Ross to announce run for governor next week


LITTLE ROCK — Former Democratic Congressman Mike Ross will announce his candidacy for governor at a series of airport stops in the state next week, sources said Tuesday.

The Sebastian County Democratic Party said in an email invitation Tuesday that Ross would make an announcement at a Fort Smith air field April 17. The National Journal reported on its blog that Ross’ fly-around would begin in Prescott, his hometown, and also would include stops at Texarkana, Fayetteville, Jonesboro and Little Rock.

Ross announced in July 2011 that he would not seek a seventh U.S. House term but left open the possibility of running for governor in 2014. Last May, he announced he would not run for governor and instead would go to work for Southwest Power Pool in Little Rock as a senior vice president for government affairs and public relations.

Ross recently resigned his private-sector job, reportedly to pursue an opportunity in public service.

Ross revealed last month he was reconsidering seeking the Democratic nomination after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel pulled out of the race in January after admitting to having an affair with Hot Springs lawyer Andi Davis in 2011.

The day McDaniel announced he was withdrawing as a candidate, former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter said he was seeking the Democratic nomination.

Halter announced last week that he had garnered $1 million in two months of fundraising, an amount that includes a $640,000 personal loan to his campaign.

Two Republicans have announced their intentions to run for governor next year — former Congressman Asa Hutchinson and businessman Curtis Coleman.