Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for governor of Arkansas in the 2022 election, confirmed CBS News. She announced her campaign in a video posted to her Twitter account on Monday.
In a nearly eight-minute statement, Sanders emphasized his term as White House spokesman for former President Donald Trump and called for an end to the violence and a return to peaceful protest.
“With the radical left now controlling Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor should be on the front line. So today I am announcing my candidacy for governor of Arkansas,” Sanders said. “As governor, I will defend our right to be free from socialism and tyranny, your second right to protect your family and freedom of speech and religious freedom. Our country needs a leader with the courage to do what is right, not what which is politically correct or convenient. “
The current Republican governor, Asa Huttonson, cannot run again due to limited deadlines.
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, became a household name as part of Trump’s White House communications team. She was originally deputy secretary of the White House before taking over as press secretary after Sean Spicer resigned. Known publicly for her rival relations with the press, she had a good private relationship with many reporters.
When she left the administration in June 2019, she did not give a press briefing for more than 100 days. At the time, she tweeted that she was leaving with her head held high.
Sanders served as spokesman for two years. Her successor, Stephanie Grisham,without holding any press briefings. Sanders, one of the original employees of Trump’s White House, “The possibility of a lifetime.”
Her candidacy for governor was widely expected – Mr Trump tweeted when she left the press office that he hoped she would run.
“In 3 1/2 years, our beautiful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave the White House at the end of the month and return home to the Greater State of Arkansas,” Mr. Trump wrote in June 2019 on his already deleted Twitter account. “She’s a very special person with extraordinary talents who has done an amazing job! I hope she decides to run for governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
Sanders was Mr. Trump’s favorite adviser, and she was a frequent guest at his rallies during the campaign, even after leaving the White House.
Since leaving the White House, Sanders has published a bestseller entitled “Speaking for Yourself: Faith, Freedom, and Struggle for Our Lives in Trump’s White House,” which details her time as the first working mother to be a White House secretary.
“As a working mother, I have not lost what a great honor and privilege it is for me to stand here on the podium,” she said unforgettable during a briefing.
Sanders also likened his time as a press officer caught between a “fierce battle between the president and the media.”
“I often felt like I was on the front lines in no man’s land,” Sander wrote.
Sanders will jump into a Republican primary race that now includes two state nominees: Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.