Another Region 8 Native to Launch Bid for Lieutenant Governor

OCTOBER 3, 2005 - Posted at 2:58 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, AR - Chuck Banks, a former U.S. Attorney under Presidents Reagan and George H. Bush, will return to his northeast Arkansas roots tomorrow to announce his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.

The Blytheville native said, "I have decided to throw my hat into this race because growing up in Mississippi County, I was always taught that public service was the highest form of duty a person could perform."

Banks, a senior partner with the Little Rock law firm of Armstrong-Allen, will make a series of announcements around the state Tuesday, beginning at 10 a.m. in Little Rock.  The Republican will then travel to Bentonville for a similar announcement during the noon hour, before concluding his day by returning to his hometown of Blytheville for a 6 p.m. announcement at the Holiday Inn.

In 1982, Banks ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the First Congressional District against then-longtime incumbent Bill Alexander.

Banks becomes the second northeast Arkansas native to join the race for Lieutenant Governor.  In June, state Senator Tim Wooldridge of Paragould announced his candidacy for the office as a Democrat.