Arkansas AG Dustin McDaniel announces he will run for Governor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT & AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.
McDaniel on Wednesday said he had filed papers with the state to begin raising money and organizing for the governor's race. McDaniel is the first candidate to announce a bid for the state's top office.
A former state representative from Jonesboro, McDaniel was elected attorney general in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. McDaniel says he expects a "hard fought" campaign and plans a formal announcement later.
Democratic Congressman Mike Ross announced last month that he would not run for governor in 2014. Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is considering running for the Democratic nomination.
Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, has been in office since 2007 and is barred by term limits from running for re-election.

Official statement by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel:

LITTLE ROCK — Today with the filing of Articles of Incorporation, I began laying the groundwork for a campaign for Governor in 2014.

This initial legal step allows me to begin the process of organizing and financing a gubernatorial bid. A formal announcement of my candidacy will come at a later date, but I expect a hard-fought campaign.

I have the experience and ability to lead our state, confront the issues facing our citizens, and meet the demands of a 21st century economy. I believe Arkansas's best days are yet to come, and I look forward to sharing my vision in the months ahead.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. The Associated Press contributed to this report.