Lt. Gov. Candidate Mulls Race Switch to Challenge Griffin #AR02
Posted at 2:59 p.m. on July 19
Griffin might have a new challenger soon. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry, a Democrat who announced a bid for Arkansas’ lieutenant governor’s race in June, is considering switching races to challenge Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., instead.
“I’m going to consider it,” Curry told CQ Roll Call on Friday afternoon. “I’m putting my feelers out as we speak, and talked with the people who are close to me, that are in support of me, and now and I will … make some kind of decision as to whether or not I will pivot to the other race or not.”
The 2nd District is a strong Republican district, but it includes Little Rock, the largest concentration of Democrats in the state. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 55 percent in 2012. Griffin, who was elected in the 2010 Republican wave, won re-election in 2012 with 55 percent as well.
Curry also said she recently met with EMILY’s List, a group that seeks to elect progressive women at all levels of government.
“I did talk with some people within the EMILY’s List group, and I need to get back with them,” Curry said. “Hopefully I could pull support from an organization like that. I’ve been an advocate for so long for families and children and education around our state.”
The 2nd District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.