Little Rock attorney Jesse Gibson will seek the Democratic nomination for Arkansas attorney general, he announced Tuesday.
Gibson is the fourth candidate, and the second Democrat, to join the race for the post in 2022. The winner will succeed time-limited Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge de Maumelle, who was elected in 2014 and is seeking to be appointed governor by the GOP. year.
Little Rock Attorney Jason Davis announced earlier this month that he would seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Two Republicans, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin of Little Rock and former Arkansas Fair Housing Commission executive director Leon Jones of Little Rock, are seeking their party’s nomination.
Gibson, 46, founded Gibson Law Firm PLLC in 2002 and focuses primarily on personal injury, medical negligence and general civil litigation, according to its campaign website. He is a past president of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.
Originally from Lead Hill, a city in northern Arkansas, Gibson graduated in 1999 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, Amanda, and their two sons, Jack and Jude. The family attends Pulaski Heights Methodist Church.
Announcing his candidacy for attorney general, Gibson said he was running for the state’s top consumer protection bureau and would stand up for everyday families by embracing “politics as usual.” And special interests.
“We expect politicians to do the right thing, but too often they end up protecting their own power over ours. I’m done waiting for someone else to do it right,” he said. Gibson said in a press release.
Gibson said in an interview on Tuesday that focusing his campaign ad on consumer protection accurately communicates to the Arkansans what the Attorney General’s day-to-day duties are.
“The central idea of ââthe attorney general’s office is two things, it advocates on behalf of the state, the state government and state councils and entities, but it also represents the people,” said Gibson.
He said that in his 22 years of legal practice, he saw that the law can be a way to alleviate people’s suffering and improve their lives.
âI have sat across from a lot of people who have suffered horrible losses or had something horrible happened to them and saw how the law is usually one of the best ways to to relieve this suffering and relief from these bad situations, and I think that is why the GA office is a unique place in that it can use the law to improve the lives of so many people, âhe said. -he declares.
Gibson has said he also wants to focus on voting rights if he is elected to the post.
He said he had more litigation experience than any of the other candidates and touted his ability to be a civil servant in court as well as his connections to small town Arkansas.
Gibson considered running for attorney general in the 2018 election, but said he would not be running after being arrested for drinking and driving in December 2017. The case was closed in 2018.
He said on Tuesday he was happy the case had been resolved in his favor, but had learned from experience.
In 2006, Gibson ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the State House seat in Little Rock which was ultimately won by Kathy Webb, now Ward 3 city director.
The Davis campaign released a statement Tuesday welcoming Gibson to the Democratic nomination contest, saying that both candidates “have a passion to fight for the greater good of the people of our great state and with that we can find a middle ground”.
âIt’s always great to have a conversation, a dialogue about the issues facing the state,â Davis said over the phone.
Davis, 34, said civil rights were at the heart of his platform, including protecting voters and ending the opioid epidemic.
The nomination period for candidates to state and federal offices in Arkansas runs from February 22 to March 1, 2022, with the primary elections on May 24, according to the secretary of state’s office.
The Arkansas Attorney General is paid $ 142,092 per year this year.