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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has formally accepted the state Republican Party's nomination for governor, seeking re-election to a second term.

Hutchinson accepted the nomination at the state Republican Party's convention Saturday in Little Rock. In a statement Hutchinson vowed to further lower income taxes, "transform state government" and raise starting teacher pay to one of the highest rates in the region.

On Friday Hutchinson's 42-year-old son, William Asa Hutchinson III, pleaded not guilty to his fourth driving while intoxicated charge.

Hutchinson prevailed in a Republican primary vote in May after President Donald Trump endorsed him on Twitter. He faces two challengers in November: Democrat Jared Henderson and Libertarian Mark West.

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  • JMort69
    July 21, 2018 at 6:32 p.m.

    So, we are going to trust him, yet again, with our state government when his nephew, Jeremy, has, allegedly, been involved in the pervasive corruption our governor has sat by and allowed. But, of course, the party faithful blindly follow. They never question, just march lockstep to whatever drum they are instructed to follow. Not only are they boring, in this case, they are detrimental to our state government and our tax money. If we allow these wilfully blind lemings to determine who is elected, nothing will change. Time for those of us who think for ourselves to decide what kind of government we want. I don't know about you, but I would like one that hasn't stolen me blind. Believe it or not, there is life outside these mundane political clubs and its very freeing. I urge voters to put away their preconcieved ideas and realize there are matters that supercede any allegiance they have to party. If party loyalty is the most important thing to you, over fidelity to we the people and the fiduciary responsibility that carries with it, then, I say, your priorities are wrong. If we elect these same people, we will have fulfilled the definition of insanity.

  • theaverageman
    July 21, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.

    Asa Hutchinson need to hurry and go away because he does not care about what the people want or need in this state. He's nothing but a liar and a hypocrite; For example, when majority of the people wanted to transfer sales taxes from auto parts onto the highway revenue ARDOT decided to back off from that because of Asa's opposition from taking money from the general revenue to highways. But last time I check, some of the money from the GOVERNOR'S highway funding plan, which was created from ASA himself came from general revenue. So is this the type of leadership we want for the next four years? Good thing I didn't vote for him 4 years ago and I won't vote for him now. WAKE UP ARKANSAS!!!

  • dearlo
    July 21, 2018 at 10:19 p.m.

    Not not now not ever, trust is a funny word when it comes to followers of those lying, double talking, corrupt, thieves, swamp swimmers. Vote no, we are!!!!!

  • NoUserName
    July 21, 2018 at 11:33 p.m.

    Well, Mort, who would you vote for then? Given, of course, that Henderson - you know, the guy running against Asa - was the head of the NPO that got the GIF money Jeremy is potentially accused of taking the bribe for.

  • LR1955
    July 21, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.

    We won't have to trust him if he doesn't win the election. So people, get out and vote.

  • JMort69
    July 22, 2018 at 12:34 p.m.

    Don't know yet NoUser, have to wait and see who isn't in jail at the time.