LITTLE ROCK — Conrad Reynolds, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010, said Monday he plans to form an exploratory committee to look at running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
Reynolds, a retired U.S. Army colonel from Conway, said in a news release that his bid for lieutenant governor is contingent upon Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr running for the 4th District congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.
Cotton is expected to announce his bid for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and Darr has expressed interest in running for his seat.
Democrat John Burkhalter of Little Rock is the only announced candidate for lieutenant governor.
Reynolds said he believes Arkansas needs conservative leaders who can get things done and noted his 30-year military career give him the leadership experience necessary for the position.