Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge Seeks Re-Election In 2018

Oct 17, 2016

2015 file photo of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is launching her re-election bid, joining a growing list of Arkansas statewide elected officials preparing for the 2018 campaign.

Rutledge told The Associated Press last week that she has already begun raising money for her bid and will file her first fundraising report with state election officials on Monday. A spokesman says Rutledge plans to report she's already raised nearly $72,000 for her re-election bid.

Rutledge is the first Republican and woman elected attorney general. She's filed or joined federal lawsuits challenging regulations in several areas rather than push a legislative agenda. She's raised her profile nationally in recent months by being an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump's presidential bid.

Other state officials who have launched 2018 bids include Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who is seeking re-election.