JUNE 14, 2005 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Attorney General Mike Beebe is to make stops today in seven Arkansas cities as he formally announces his intention to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller and former congressman and Homeland Security Department undersecretary Asa Hutchinson are running for the Republican nomination. The candidates are all getting an early start for next year's election.
Beebe is to start his day in his hometown of Searcy. He also plans to fly to Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Texarkana, Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Jonesboro to announce his candidacy.
Beebe was a state senator who was elected attorney general in 2002.
Beebe is the only Democrat to have expressed an interest in succeeding Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, who under term limits cannot seek a third four-year term next year.
Beebe was first elected to the state Senate in 1983 without opposition and has never had an opponent, including his 2002 race for attorney general.
Hutchinson and Rockefeller have each said they will run, but they have not made their formal announcements yet.