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Sarah Sanders announces run for Arkansas governor

Sanders outlined a vision to defend our freedom and lead with heart in the Monday (Jan. 25) campaign announcement.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her candidacy for Governor of Arkansas on Monday (Jan. 25). 

The daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders had been widely expected to run for the office after leaving the White House. 

She joins a GOP primary that includes Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Current GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson barred by term limits from seeking re-election next year. 

In a video, Sanders noted the important role our governor will have defending Arkansans with the radical left now in control of Washington and outlined her vision for increasing freedom, security and prosperity in our state. 

"Everything we love about America is at stake, and with the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the frontline," said Sanders. "Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what’s right, not what’s politically correct or convenient. So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas, and ask for your prayers and support."

To watch the announcement video click here.

Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana, and is a graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University.