Politics
5:58 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Highway Commissioner Enters Arkansas Lt. Governor Race

John Burkhalter (D)
John Burkhalter
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter says he's running for lieutenant governor next year, opting out of a race for the state's top office.

Burkhalter on Tuesday announced he's running for the Democratic nomination for the state's No. 2 constitutional office.

Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry also announced Tuesday that she's running.

Burkhalter, 56, had been considering a run for governor.

Burkhalter is the president of Burkhalter Technologies, a North Little Rock construction company.

He was appointed to the state Highway Commission in 2011 and is a former chairman for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Curry, 59, was first elected to the school board in 2006.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr hasn't said whether he'll seek re-election next year and is also considering running for Congress.