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3rd GOP candidate announces run for Arkansas Secretary of State

by Rachel Herzog | September 13, 2021 at 10:59 a.m.
FILE — Eddie Joe Williams, then a Republican senator from R-Cabot, questions Arkansas Department of Correction officials during a joint meeting of House and Senate Committees on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs at the state Capitol in Little Rock in this Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

A third Republican candidate is in the race for Arkansas Secretary of State.

Eddie Joe Williams, a former state senator from Cabot, announced his candidacy Monday morning.

“My commitment to you, the voter, is to make sure our elections are fair, honest and always transparent. I promise when you walk into the Capitol, you will be greeted with a warm and welcoming smile, because we will be working for you, the owner of the Capitol,” Williams said in a news release.

The incumbent, John Thurston, and Mark Lowery, a state representative from Maumelle, are seeking the Republican nomination for the position as well. Democrat Joshua Price is also running for the office.

Williams held a position in former President Donald Trump’s administration where he represented the White House on energy issues for 16 states, including Arkansas, according to the release. He also served on a transformation team formed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson to reduce the size of state agencies.

Read Tuesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for the full story.

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