Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Jan. 25 her candidacy to run for Arkansas governor in 2022. She announced her campaign in a video posted to her Twitter account Monday.
In a nearly eight-minute announcement, Sanders highlighted her time as White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump and called for an end to violence and a return to peaceful protest.
“America is great because we are free. But today, our freedom and the rule of law are under attack,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in her announcement video.
“I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible, violent threat against me. We’ve seen violence in our streets at a congressional baseball practice. And at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. To remain free, we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully. The radical left solution is to impose government control and censorship from the top down. But their socialism and canceled culture will not heal America. It will only further divide and destroy us.”
“Everything we love about America is at stake. With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today, I announced my candidacy for governor of Arkansas, and ask for your prayers and your support.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the third candidate to officially declare, following Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Tim Griffin, the state’s lieutenant governor. Both are Republicans.
Before that, Republican Mike Huckabee, a Trump ally and Sanders’s father, held the position.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 38, spent several years as Trump’s press secretary. She left in 2019, moving back to her home state to spend time with her family.
Trump repeatedly said Sanders should run for the governor of Arkansas.
“I think she’ll do very well. And I’m trying to get her to do that,” he said at one point. “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for governor of Arkansas—she would be fantastic,” he said at another time.
After leaving the White House, Sanders joined Fox News as a contributor. Sanders said in November 2019 that she felt like she was being “called” to be governor.
“It’s the role I’ve been pushed into,” Sanders added. “I wouldn’t want to do that if I wasn’t the right person to fit what the state needed at that time.”
Meet Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Here’s the introduction part from her website:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two and a half years, Sarah worked closely with the president, battling with the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and accompanying the president on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders. Sarah is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House Press Secretary.
Upon her departure from the administration, President Trump described Sarah as “irreplaceable,” a “warrior” and “very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job.”
Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s historic defeat of Hillary Clinton.
Sarah has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, and was campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. Sarah served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush‘s administration, and was campaign manager of the ONE campaign, a global non-profit founded by U2’s Bono to take action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
Sarah has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News contributor, and serves on the Fulbright board.
Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana, and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Bryan, their children Scarlett, Huck, and George, and their golden retriever, Traveler.