Hot Springs businessman Tommy Moll has added his name to the list of those seeking the Republican nomination in the 4th District.
The seat is held by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Dardanelle, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Republicans Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who is moving from Springdale to Mansfield, and state Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs have already announced.
Moll said in a statement Monday that his campaign will focus on jobs and the economy.
“I’m running for Congress to defend our freedoms from a federal government that is out of control. The Fourth District needs a leader in Washington with a business background who understands how the private sector creates jobs and how government intervention harms economic growth," Moll said in the statement. "As your representative, my top priorities will be jobs and the economy. With unemployment in the Fourth District at 8.4%, nearly 27,000 Arkansans in our district are looking for a job. The federal government has only made the problem worse by recklessly passing job-killing laws like Obamacare, while piling up a national debt so large it threatens every American with the prospect of economic calamity."
Moll cites as credentials work helping companies "raise money to develop energy and mining resources" at the global investment-banking firm Jefferies, and business and farm research at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Southside High School in Fort Smith, Moll holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.,; a master's degree from the London School of Economics; and a law degree from Columbia University in New York, according to his statement.
Moll said that he'll be touring all the counties in the 4th District over the coming weeks. The 4th District covers most of south Arkansas, plus a sliver of the state’s northwest.
National Park Community College history teacher Janis Percefull, 61, is the only Democratic candidate to announce.
Magnolia Republican Beth Anne Rankin, who ran for the congressional seat in 2010 and 2012, and state Sen. Bobby Pierce, D-Sheridan, have said they might enter the race.