Mark Darr

At a Monday night rally in his hometown of Mansfield, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr announced his candidacy for Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District being vacated as the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton runs for the U. S. Senate. Cotton announced last week he’ll challenge Demoratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2014.

“Tonight we start a campaign to change Washington,” Darr said. “The establishment that is D.C. has forgotten about people like us. They have forgotten what normal looks like. Together, we will change that. If you elect me to Congress, I will not forget my roots or the struggles facing Arkansans every day.”

Darr said his priorities would be working to end congressional gridlock, bringing more transparency to the political process, and putting an end to out of control federal spending.

“Congress seems set on petty bickering rather than addressing unemployment and tax reform” Darr said. “It’s time for new leadership. It’s time to put Arkansans back to work.”

Darr called the recent revelations of the IRS targeting people opposed to the President and the possible National Security spying on Americans a “disgrace and total abuse of power by President Obama.”

Reminding the audience that he was the only state elected official to challenge Obamacare, Darr said he will work to repeal what he called “the train wreck of a law that will not only indebt our grand kids, but will end healthcare in America as we know it.”

“We brought Open Checkbook and more transparency to our state government,” Darr said. “We went around the political establishment and signed a law protecting Second Amendment supporters. We have been successful and now it’s time to take our conservative values and winning team to Washington.”

Darr’s family joined him on stage, with his children leading the Pledge of Allegiance and his wife Kim standing by his side during his speech. The family plans to hit the campaign trail immediately with stops.