A new candidate has tossed his hat into the ring for the 2022 Arkansas Attorney General’s race.
Leon Jones Jr. announced his candidacy for the Attorney General’s office in an email and video released on Tuesday, April 6. Jones resigned as the executive director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission in February 2021 to run in the race.
Jones has held multiple roles in state government, having been appointed to director of the Arkansas Department of Labor by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2015 and later executive director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission. He previously served in roles with Walmart before beginning a private law practice in Northwest Arkansas.
“Today, after prayer and consultation with my family, I formally announce my candidacy for Arkansas Attorney General in 2022. I am ready and excited to take on the role as the Chief Legal Officer of the Natural State, to partner with our brave law enforcement at all levels of government, to protect our children, protect consumers, and to defend Arkansas in our courts. As Attorney General, I will defend the rule of law and the Constitutions of both the United States and of Arkansas. My experience in both the private and public sectors have prepared me well to step into this role. I am a Public Servant, Proven Leader and Principled Conservative with a vision. I am the Right Choice, Right Now and I look forward to meeting Arkansans throughout the state between now and Election Day 2022,” he said in a statement.
Jones is the latest candidate to declare intent to run for attorney general. Current Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin previously announced his intention to run for the position after dropping out of the race for the Governor’s Office. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will not be seeking reelection to her office, as she is one of two Republicans seeking the Governor’s Office.