(Little Rock) (AP) – Seeking a part-time job that the Legislature decided to keep vacant for the remainder of the year, the three Republicans running for lieutenant governor in Arkansas say they want to use the post to advocate for major changes in the state. Those ideas range from overhauling the state’s tax code to abolishing the lieutenant governor’s office itself.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and state Reps. Debra Hobbs and Andy Mayberry face each other in the May 20 GOP primary for the lieutenant governor’s office. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Christopher Olson in November.
The three are running for a post that’s been vacant since Feb. 1, when Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr stepped down over ethics violations tied to his campaign and office spending.