James Lee WittJames Lee Witt, FEMA director under President Bill Clinton, has announced his candidacy for Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District seat.

“I am proud to announce my candidacy for Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District,” Witt said. “I am running to make a difference, not a career. I’ve spent my adult life bringing people together at the toughest times of their lives.”

Witt, who had previously served as head of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services under then-Gov. Bill Clinton, was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 to head FEMA. After FEMA, Witt founded a crisis management company.

“Nowhere in this country needs disaster relief management or consensus building more than Washington,” he said. “We’re not going to solve the problems of the people from the 4th district with more partisan noise and name-calling.”

Witt says his approach to problem solving is simple: “If we’ve got a problem, let’s use our common-sense and do the hard work necessary to solve it.”

Witt said he will travel the district listening to people and discussing how a new voice can bring change and progress to Washington. “Goodness knows we need it,” he said.

Witt is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Tom Cotton. Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate.