Surgeon General Gregory Bledsoe announced today as a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2022.

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Sen. Jason Rapert has already announced and several others are said to be considering the race.

Bledsoe’s mother, Cecile, is a member of the state Senate. His father has a high-level job at the state Health Department. Bledsoe works at a hospital as well as being paid as surgeon general by the state of Arkansas.

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They are conservative, small-government Republicans.

I asked Bledsoe if he thought he could continue as surgeon general if elected. He said:

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Interesting question about being both Lt Governor and SG. Probably not technically prohibited, but in my opinion would violate the spirit and purpose of both positions. If elected Lt Gov I have no intentions of remaining SG, and remaining SG would be completely up to the new Governor anyway. I doubt I’d stay SG regardless of my campaign results. It’s been the honor of my career, but eight years will have been long enough.