Beebe Formally Launches Run for Governor

JUNE 14, 2005 - Posted at 11:42 a.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - Attorney General Mike Beebe formally announced his candidacy for governor today, promising to build on successes in education, economic development and health care for a better Arkansas.

Beebe, speaking in his hometown of Searcy, promised to "take the best of what works and make it available to all of Arkansas."

More than 300 people filled the town square in front of the historic White County Courthouse for Beebe's announcement.

Beebe outlined his vision for the future of the state.  He said he wants the state to provide health care for its children, demand high education standards from pupils and teachers and he wants the state to compete globally for jobs.

Beebe is to fly in to Jonesboro at approximately 8:35 this evening for a similar announcement.  He plans similar stops today in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Texarkana, Pine Bluff and Little Rock.

Beebe has strong Region 8 ties.  He is a native of Amagon (Jackson County) and a graduate of Arkansas State University.  He is also a former member of the ASU Board of Trustees.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)