Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces bid for Arkansas governor

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. Dec. 18, 2018 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

RALEIGH — The 2022 election cycle is well underway and a national personality is returning home to run for state office. Former White House press secretary for Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has announced her intention to run for Governor of Arkansas.

In a Tuesday announcement, Sanders said state governors should defend citizens against socialism and increased government control. “Today our freedom and the rule of law are under attack,” said Sanders. “To remain free, we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully.”

“Everything we love about America is at stake – and with the radical left now in control of Washington – your governor is your last line of defense,” she said. “In fact, your governor must be on the frontline. That is why I’m announcing, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas, and ask for your prayers and support.” 

Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, was the face of the Trump administration for nearly two years. She said her time at the White House prepared her for times of crisis. “I was at the table with President Trump – confronting our most dangerous adversaries like China and North Korea, and winning on tax cuts, the border, and judges,” said Sanders.

Following her work at the White House, Sanders became a Fox News contributor in September 2019. Her campaign announcement was expected by most political watchers.

Sanders is the mother of three and is married to Bryan Sanders.