Anthony Bland, who’d previously announced as a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, announced in a release today that he’ll run instead for lieutenant governor, a seat for which incumbent Republican Tim Griffin is seeking re-election.

Bland, an ordained Baptist minister and small business owner, is the only announced Democratic candidate.


This leaves Susan Inman, a former employee of the secretary of state’s office and a former director of Pulaski County elections, as the only announced Democratic candidate for secretary of state, open on account of terms limits for incumbent Republican Mark Martin.  Rep. Trevor Drown and Land Commissioner John Thurston have announced as Republican candidates.

Bland’s release said he was encouraged by the Democratic Party and friends and supporters to make the switch.


 “As a business owner, and having education in business law and business administration, I have the qualifications to serve as Secretary of State, but Susan Inman has the hands on experience,” Bland said. “In fact considering her vast experience with the election process, she may be the best qualified candidate to ever seek the office.”

Dr. Bland is the first Democrat to enter the race for Lieutenant Governor. “I’m running for this office because I believe all Arkansans deserve an equal opportunity to obtain quality education, affordable health care, and jobs that pay decent wages,” said Bland. “As Lieutenant Governor, I will work to achieve these goals.”

Bland is looking forward to challenging Tim Griffin in the General Election. “I’m looking forward to winning the nomination so I can face Griffin. The Lieutenant Governor is a Trump enabler who is out of tune with the people of Arkansas. I intend to call him out on his support of the Trump agenda,” said Bland.

Anthony Bland graduated from J.A. Fair High School and Arkansas Baptist College. He has a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix. He is currently completing a Master of Theological Studies Degree from Regent University.