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Former Arkansas prison chaplain announces run for governor as Libertarian

Ricky Dale Harrington Jr., former prison chaplain and Libertarian candidate in the 2020 Arkansas Senate election against Tom Cotton, announced his candidacy Friday.
Credit: Arkansas PBS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Ricky Dale Harrington Jr., former prison chaplain and Libertarian candidate in the 2020 Arkansas Senate election against Tom Cotton, announced his candidacy for governor in 2022.

"I am running for Governor of Arkansas and I need your help to get on the ballot,' Harrington tweeted on Friday, April 23. "We are going to make some changes to the way business is done in Arkansas and let #ThePeopleRule"

Before the 2020 senate race, Sen. Cotton declined to take part in a debate that aired on Arkansas PBS, where Harrington attended unopposed and took questions.

Harrington was polling anywhere from an 11-point to 55-point underdog behind Cotton before election night when he lost to Cotton 66.5 percent to 33.5 percent.

According to Harrington's website, his flagship priorities are criminal justice reform and healthcare reform.

Harrington is the lone Libertarian candidate alongside strong Republicans like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and current attorney general Leslie Rutledge.