Asa Hutchinson formally declares run for governor

ROGERS - Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that he has officially begun his candidacy for Arkansas governor in 2014.

The announcement came after he finished his work with the NRA as Director of the National School Shield Task Force.{} While he was working with the NRA, he was still raising money for his gubernatorial bid. According to a press release, he raised more than $350,000 in the first quarter of 2013. His final campaign report with a full accounting of his funds must be filed by April 15.

In making the announcement, Hutchinson made the following statement:

"In January I publicly stated that I would be a candidate for Governor in 2014.{} Today, I make that candidacy official and will formally begin the campaign with active efforts in raising funds and appearances across the state.

"It was essential that I complete the national study and report on school safety, which was significantly shaped by the comments of Arkansas educators received during the last 3 months.{} The report was released last week and now I am free to devote myself to the necessary fundraising efforts and looking to Arkansas' future including the economic development challenges facing our state.

"As the campaign proceeds I will focus on tax reform, quality of education, supporting our state agriculture and broad based economic development."

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