Highway commissioner to announce for statewide office


LITTLE ROCK — Businessman John Burkhalter of Little Rock has scheduled a Tuesday conference call to announce his candidacy for statewide office.

Burkhalter’s announcement Monday of the conference call did not say what office he would seek, but he has long been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for governor. A Burkhalter for Governor website is listed as “parked” on the Internet.

Burkhalter is president of Burkhalter Technologies in North Little Rock. He previously was chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in January 2011 to the Arkansas Highway Commission to serve a term that expires in 2017.

If Burkhalter announces for governor, he will join former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and former Congressman Mike Ross in the Democratic field. Republicans Asa Hutchinson, Curtis Coleman and Rep. Debra Hobbs also have announced intentions to run for governor.

Incumbent Democrat Mike Beebe is term-limited.