’19 Kids and Counting ‘dad runs for Arkansas Senate


SPRINGDALE, Arch. – Jim Bob Duggar, whose large family was featured on the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” has announced he is running for a seat in the Arkansas Senate.

Duggar, who previously served at Arkansas House, announced on the family’s Facebook page on Friday that he was running for the Northwest Arkansas district that includes Springdale.

Last week, Republican State Senator Lance Eads resigned from the seat to take a job in the private sector. A special election will be called to fulfill the mandate.

TLC released “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following revelations that Duggar’s son Josh assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter. His parents said he confessed to the touching and apologized. Josh Duggar has also apologized for his porn addiction and for cheating on his wife.

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Josh Duggar is expected to be tried in federal court in November on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count if convicted.

Longtime family spokesperson Chad Gallagher told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that no family “is immune to the tragedy, grief or impact of those decisions. that she likes”.

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 his wife, Michelle, have 20 children and 22 grandchildren.

“Now more than ever, we need a bold voice that is pro-family, pro-business, pro-guns and pro-life,” Duggar said in the announcement. “It’s time for the Conservatives to demand courageous leadership that puts families, jobs and our constitutional freedoms in Arkansas first.”

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This is Duggar’s second race for the district. In 2006, he was defeated in the Republican primary.

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