Democrat announces 2018 Arkansas governor bid

This article originally appeared In the AP on 12-12-17

BY: Andrew DeMillo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former head of a nonprofit group that recruits teachers to work in low-income areas said Tuesday he’s running against Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas next year, the first Democrat to announce an uphill bid for the solidly red state’s top office.

Jared Henderson, the former executive director of the Arkansas branch of Teach for America, said he’ll seek the party’s nomination to challenge the first term governor. Hutchinson, who was first elected in 2014, announced in May that he was seeking re-election and has reported having $1.5 million on hand for his bid. Teach for America recruits and trains recent college graduates and professionals to teach at schools.