Small business owner and community advocate Natalie James of Little Rock will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in the 2022 election cycle, she announced Monday.
James is the third Democrat to announce a candidacy to unseat incumbent Republican John Boozman. She joins a Democratic primary that includes Dan Whitfield and Jack Foster. Three Republicans have said they’ll challenge Boozman in the GOP primary — Jan Morgan, Heath Loftis and Michael Deel.
James planned to launch her campaign with a nine-city tour of Arkansas starting with Little Rock, Conway and Fayetteville on Monday; Texarkana, Camden and El Dorado on Tuesday; and Pine Bluff, Forrest City and West Memphis on Wednesday. More information about her tour is available at JamesforArkansas.com.
In a statement, James said overcoming turbulent times requires finding common ground. “I refuse to believe that Arkansas isn’t worth fighting for, and I refuse to believe that we ought to sit on the sidelines and wait for another political cycle,” she said.