David Sterling says his conservative leanings and the absence of other candidates led to his decision to enter the 2014 Attorney General’s race.
Appearing on the latest Talk Business Arkansas webcast/podcast, Sterling said he will seek the GOP nomination for Attorney General next year in an effort to offer voters a conservative choice in the race.
No other candidates have officially announced for the position and current Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) is term-limited.
“I feel like this is a very important position in 2014 and it really needs a strong conservative leader in the AG’s office,” Sterling said. “We just elected a majority Republican House and Senate for the first time in 138 years and we’re finally getting some good, conservative bills out of committee and on to the floor for a vote and passing a lot of good, conservative laws. I think we need an Attorney General who shares those conservative values.”
In his announcement press release, Sterling outlined several positions including being pro-life, pro-Second Amendment rights, and opposing an “overreaching federal government.” He’s raised $50,545 in the first quarter of 2013.
As Attorney General, Sterling said he would defend state legislation such as the recently approved abortion restrictions and did not see efforts on that front as breaking his oath to uphold the constitution, if elected.
“Slavery was constitutional at one point in our nation’s history and right now abortion is constitutional under Roe v. Wade and Casey vs. Planned Parenthood,” said Sterling.
He said that medical advances should cause a re-visit of the current interpretation of abortion law.
“So we’ve got advances in medical technology that I think are going to push that line back to an earlier date than just the date of fetal viability as it was defined in 1992 and 1993,” Sterling said.
Sterling is a native of Texarkana, Arkansas and worked as an assistant city manager in Hope for several years. An ardent Mike Huckabee supporter in his Senate and gubernatorial races, the UALR graduate now practices law in North Little Rock, where he lives with his wife, Deeni and daughter, Elizabeth Anne.
Watch more of Sterling’s interview in the video below.