“I am honored to announce my candidacy for Senate 7 Arkansas District. Northwest Arkansas is my lifelong home,” Duggar said in a statement.
“My wife Michelle and I raised our 20 children there. We developed our small businesses there. We built a life there focused on our faith, family and friends. God has blessed our family in so many ways. We have found that his love and goodness is our source of strength both in our happiest occasions and in our darkest moments. It is important for us to give back and help others in every way. “
Duggar believes the “fundamental principles” that make the United States “big” are “threatened as never before.”
“Now more than ever, we need a bold voice that is for family, for business, for weapons, and for life,” Duggar added. “It’s time for the Conservatives to demand courageous leadership that puts families, jobs and our constitutional freedoms in Arkansas first. I look forward to having your vote in the Arkansas State Senate.”
Duggar before he served four years in the Arkansas House of Representatives before he was defeated by Bill Pritchard in the 2002 election.
Duggar’s candidacy announcement comes after his son, Josh Duggar, was arrested and charged with child pornography charges. Josh, who also appeared on TLC’s show “19 Kids and Counting,” was charged in April with two charges of downloading and possessing child pornography.
Josh, 33, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000 on each count if convicted.
The jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 30.
Jim Bob Duggar then issued a statement on his son’s legal status, in which he said he and his wife would “continue to pray” for Josh and his family.
“We appreciate your constant prayers for our family at this time. The allegations against Joshua are very serious today,” the statement said.
“Our prayer is that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light and that it will all be resolved in time. We love Josha and Ana and continue to pray for their family.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.