Former Republican Party of Arkansas chairman Doyle Webb is entering the race for the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
Webb announced on Tuesday, May 4 that he would be seeking the office in the 2022 election.
“After numerous calls from Arkansans across our state, I have decided to offer myself as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in 2022. Serving the people of Arkansas and the Republican Party have been my life’s work. I believe I am the most qualified candidate in the race, but I will not take Arkansan’s support for granted,” he said in a statement.
Webb had served as the state GOP chairman from 2008 to 2020. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, he became the longest-serving chairman in the history of the state Republican Party by 2018. He was succeeded by Jonelle Fulmer in late 2020.
He previously served as a state senator, representing the 14thDistrict before joining Lt. Gov. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller’s office as his chief of staff.
Since leaving the chairmanship of the GOP Party, Webb has served as part of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s staff, heading up redistricting efforts. According to AP reporting, he has submitted his resignation.
Already, Webb will be facing opposition from two Republican candidates for the office. State Sen. Jason Rapert and state surgeon general Dr. Greg Bledsoe have announced their intent to run in 2022.
Current Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin has term-limited out of the office and will be seeking the Arkansas Attorney General’s office in 2022.