The Arkansas Democratic Party says there is an abundance of potential candidates for the U.S. House seat being given up by Congressman Mike Ross, reports the AP.
Ross, a Democrat, said Monday he would not seek re-election, but would serve out the remainder of his term. Ross has his eye on a possible run for governor in 2014.
State Democratic Chairman Will Bond says Ross’ early announcement gives the party plenty of time to field a strong candidate.
State Republican Chairman Doyle Webb issued a statement saying the GOP would try to get a “true conservative” elected to the seat next year.
Ross was first elected in 2000 and is in his sixth term.