Former Republican state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams of Cabot has declared his candidacy for Arkansas Secretary of State in 2022.
He will challenge GOP incumbent John Thurston in next spring’s primary. No other candidates have been announced.
Williams was first elected to the Arkansas Senate in 2010, and became the first elected GOP majority leader since Reconstruction. Williams served as chairman of the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. An Army and Air National Guard veteran, Williams sponsored legislation to construct a monument to Gold Star families on the State Capitol lawn.
Most recently, he was selected by former President Donald Trump to represent the White House on energy issues in 16 states including Arkansas, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Williams served three terms on the Cabot City Council before his election as mayor in 2007. He worked for more than 40 years for Union Pacific Railroad, where he retired as regional director of transportation.
In the announcement launching his campaign, he said, “My commitment to you, the voter, is to make sure our elections are fair, honest and always transparent. I promise when you walk into the Capitol, you will be greeted with a warm and welcoming smile, because we will be working for you, the owner of the Capitol.”