Hutchinson files for re-election

The Associated Press

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has filed paperwork to run for re-election, and says he wants to have an increased emphasis on education in his hoped-for second term.

The Republican governor was among dozens of candidates who made their bids official at the state Capitol on Thursday as the one-week filing period opened at the state Capitol. Hutchinson was first elected to office in 2014.

Hutchinson is expected to face a challenge in the May primary from Jan Morgan, a gun range owner and cable news commentator. Jared Henderson, the former head of an education nonprofit, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Both are expected to file next week.

Other top state officials filing paperwork Friday include Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a Republican, who is seeking re-election. Auditor Andrea Lea, a Republican, also filed for re-election.


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