ROGERS — State Rep. Debra Hobbs, R-Rogers, said Monday she plans to run for governor next year, joining a growing field of Republicans with designs on working with a GOP-controlled Legislature.
“My motivation is to represent the people of Arkansas in a fashion that would make government more efficient so hard-working Arkansans can keep more of the money they earn,” said Hobbs. “To me, it’s not about being governor, it’s about being in a position to make a difference.”
Hobbs, 57, described herself as a political novice though she is serving her third and final term in the state House under term limits. She has never had a primary or general election opponent, which may have contributed to her reluctance Monday to discuss action she may have disagreed with during this year’s legislative session or what stands she would take as a gubernatorial candidate.
Hobbs did say she hoped to raise $400,000 to $500,000 for a primary campaign in which she would concentrate largely in the Republican stronghold of Northwest Arkansas and depend on grassroots support in other parts of the state.
Two other Republicans, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman, previously announced for the 2014 governor’s race and House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, is considering a bid.
Former Congressman Mike Ross and former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter are seeking the Democratic nomination.
Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election.