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UPDATE: Coleman announces bid for governor

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Curtis Coleman of Little Rock became the second announced Republican candidate for governor in 2014 on Thursday.

Coleman, a Little Rock businessman, announced his candidacy at an 11:30 a.m. news conference at the state Capitol. He filed paperwork to open an exploratory committee last month.

Asa Hutchinson said in January that he "fully expects" to run for governor in 2014 but is focusing on his work with the NRA pushing for armed school guards for now.

"I think the distinct difference between the two of us is I'm an Arkansas businessman who has been working here in Arkansas and Mr. Hutchinson is a professional politician," Coleman said.

Despite little background in politics, Coleman believes his experience in business makes him the man for the job.

"I think it's time we have somebody in leadership and state government that's been under the regulations instead of over them," Coleman told Channel 7.

Coleman ran for Senate in 2010 but lost to John Boozman.

This time, Coleman said his campaign will have the support it needs.

"We have such strength with our statewide organization that I think it's unlikely anyone is going to be able to catch us," Coleman said.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said last week he would not run for governor. No other Republicans have announced intentions to run.

On the other side of the aisle, former frontrunner Attorney General Dustin McDaniel dropped out of the race last week after he admitted in January to an "inappropriate" relationship with a Hot Springs attorney. On the same day McDaniel dropped out, former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced he planned to run for the democratic nomination.

KATV's Erin Hawley sat down with Coleman for a one-on-one interview. See it tonight on Channel 7 News at 6:00.

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