Former State Rep. Eyeing Democratic Gubernatorial Run

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson may soon have a Democratic opponent for his reelection bid in 2018. 

Former Rep. Jay Martin, D-North Little Rock, has spoken with the Democratic Party of Arkansas about running for governor, the party confirmed on Tuesday. Martin was first elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2003. 

"He has reached out to us," said Chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas Michael John Gray. "He has expressed some interest in running." 

Gray went on to say the party had also spoken with another man who expressed interest in running but isn't ready to put his name out yet. 

If he runs, Martin wouldn't be Hutchinson's first challenger. He already has a Libertarian opponent in Mark West and a possible Republican primary challenger in Jan Morgan.  


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