Little Rock attorney Jason Davis, a former Republican, will seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general next year, he announced on Monday.
He is the third candidate to announce hopes to succeed Temporary Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge von Maumelle, who has held the job since 2015. In July, Rutledge announced that she was running for the GOP nomination for governor next year.
Lt. Little Rock Governor Tim Griffin and former Arkansas Fair Housing Commission executive director Leon Jones of Little Rock announced their bids for the Republican Attorney General nomination in 2022.
Little Rock attorney Jessie Gibson said Monday he was considering running for the Democratic attorney general nomination next year and he expects to reach a decision within two weeks.
The deadline for filing for state and federal office candidates in Arkansas is February 22 through March 1, 2022, with the first election on May 24, the secretary of state said.
The attorney general’s salary is $ 142,092 per year.
Davis, 34, is a member of the Davis firm, which, according to a press release from its campaign, focuses on small business law, family law, estate planning, appeals, and bankruptcy.
He was home-schooled, graduated from the University of Arkansas at the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock in 2017, and served on the Pulaski County Election Commission in 2018. He is married with three children and attends the Fellowship Bible church.
Davis said he had become suspicious of the Republican Party’s direction with the rise of the Tea Party in 2009.
He said he decided to become a Democrat after Rutledge teamed up with several other Republican attorneys-general and several congressmen to try to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election in other states.
Rutledge signed with a friend of the court adding Arkansas to a list of 17 states advocating the Texas lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s losses in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. US Reps Rick Crawford of Jonesboro and Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs signed a separate brief judicial intervention in which they joined US Republican Kevin McCarthy of California and more than 120 other Republicans in the House.
On December 11, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case, stating that Texas had no right to bring the lawsuit under Article III of the US Constitution.
Davis voted in the Republican primary elections in 2014, 2016, and 2018, according to Secretary of State records.
In his press release he said: “Leaders at the top have focused too much on national politics, monetary interests and the will of party leaders, and too often eschewed the needs and problems that Arcansans face.
“It’s time for us to change that,” said Davis.
He said Arkansans deserved an attorney general to work for them every day to fight voter suppression efforts, ensure equal application of the law, end the state’s opioid crisis, and help the small businesses, workers and consumers in Arkansas to protect outside interests and fraudsters.
“Our state simply cannot afford a more bipartisan drama by wasting more millions in tax dollars on constant, justified challenges to the constitutionality of our state’s actions,” said Davis.
“People need an attorney, and it’s time we had an attorney general who puts people’s business first. We’ve been without it for too long.”
He is looking forward to his campaign to build the Democratic Party in Arkansas and curb political extremism.
Information on this article was contributed by Frank Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.