Local lawyer David Sterling announced Tuesday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general next year.
“I want to rein in the federal government,” Sterling said in a news release announcing his candidacy, adding the attorney general’s office “is our best defense against an overreaching federal government.”
He said “it will be my top priority to defend the Constitution and protect the liberty of all Arkansans.”
Sterling, who practices business, commercial and contract law, said he would work to defend the state’s new law that bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy and defend the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Last month, the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the new abortion law, arguing that Act 301 of 2013 is unconstitutional.
Sterling, who said he raised more than $50,000 for his campaign during the first three months of this year, received a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Sterling practices with the Cox, Sterling and McClure Law Firm on Counts Massie Road near the Jump Zone.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is prohibited from seeking re-election because of term limits.