SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Jim Bob Duggar, whose large family was featured on the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” has announced that he is vying for a seat in the Arkansas Senate.
Duggar, who previously served at Arkansas House, announced at the family on Friday Facebook a party nominated for a county in northwest Arkansas that includes Springdale.
Last week, Republican State Senator Lance Eads resigned headquarters for employment in the private sector. Extraordinary elections will be called to fulfill the mandate.
TLC pulled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 for revealing that Duggar’s son Josh was harassing four of his sisters and a babysitter. His parents said he admitted caressing and apologized. Josh Duggar also apologized for his addiction to pornography and for he cheats on his wife.
Josh Duggar is supposed to go trial November in federal court on two charges of downloading and possessing child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000 on each count.
Longtime family representative Chad Gallagher said Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that no family “is immune from tragedy, heartbreak, or the influence of the decisions of those they love”.
He added that “it is important to note that Josh is an adult adult.”
Jim Bob Duggar, who was born and raised in Springdale, and wife Michelle have 20 children and 22 grandchildren.
“Now more than ever, we need a bold voice that is for family, for businesses, for guns and for life,” Duggar said in a statement. “It’s time for the Conservatives to demand courageous leadership that puts families, jobs and our constitutional freedoms first in Arkansas.”
This is Duggar’s second run for the county. In 2006, he was defeated in the Republican primary.