Former Congressman Mike Ross told the Hope Star today that he will make an announcement of his intentions regarding a possible race for governor next week in Prescott.
“Today is a day to celebrate the Turk Power Plant and all of the good jobs that they are creating right here in Southwest Arkansas, and I will have an announcement about my future plans a week from today, April 17,” Ross said when asked prior to dedication ceremonies for the Turk Plant here. “We will be announcing the schedule in the coming days with the locations and times, and we will be making multiple stops throughout the day.”
Ross declined to say any more concerning the planned announcement, noting that he will be making the same announcement in several cities around Arkansas.
Ross attended the dedication ceremonies in Hope as a representative of the Southwest Power Pool, although he left his position at the SPP on April 3 to “pursue another opportunity in public service,” and he made reference to his three month tenure with the nonprofit power consortium in remarks during the ceremonies, saying that he left politics last May because it was becoming too brutish.
He has since eschewed the idea of a run for governor as Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his candidacy early on, but with McDaniel's withdrawal over an extra-marital affair, former Lt. Governor Bill Halter remains the only Democrat committed at this point.
On the Republican side, businessman Curtis Coleman, who has a run for U.S. Senate under his belt has said he will run for governor, and current Lt. Governor Mark Darr is expected to run.