Arkansas House Republican Leader Bruce Westerman announced Tuesday that he is running for Arkansas' 4th District congressional seat.
Westerman was set to formally announce his candidacy at an event in Hot Springs at 10 a.m. He said in a news release that voters face a "critical decision" to pick a representative who will stand up to "overly burdensome regulations" and "a government that refuses to live within its means."
"It has never been my life ambition to live and work in Washington, DC," Westerman said. "My family is here. But if my serving in Congress is necessary to ensure my children, and all of our children, have a brighter future and a federal government that treats us fairly, then that is a sacrifice that I am willing to make."
Westerman, R-Hot Springs, joins the race a day after Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who on Monday night announced his intentions at a park about 10 miles from the home where he grew up.
Darr and Westerman are vying for the Republican nomination to the post currently held by Rep. Tom Cotton, who announced last week he is challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor.
National Park Community College history teacher Janis Percefull is the only Democrat in the race for the 4th District.