LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Christopher Jones has become the seventh candidate and the fourth Democrat to join the race to replace current Gov. Asa Hutchinson when his second term ends in 2022.
Jones announced his candidacy Tuesday via a video on Facebook and Twitter.
Jones is an ordained minister, physicist and served as the executive director and lead maker at the North Little Rock-based Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub since 2018 before stepping down from that position in April of 2021.
After accepting a full NASA scholarship, he was educated at Morehouse College where he studied physics and math and then moved on to MIT studying nuclear engineering and receiving a Ph.D. in urban planning.
Jones lives in Little Rock with his wife, Dr. Jerrilyn Jones, and two daughters.
Jones joins four other Democrats who have already declared their candidacy.: nthony Bland, a public school teacher and nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2018, small business owner James “Rus” Russell, and entrepreneur Supha Xayprasith-Mays.
Currently, there are two Republicans who have declared their intentions to run, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and current Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Christian missionary and prison chaplain Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. is running as a Libertarian.
Having sermed two terms, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is barred by term limits from running again in 2022.