Updated 3:45 p.m. ET, 11/5/2013
Washington (CNN) – Former Clinton emergency management official and Arkansas native James Lee Witt announced Tuesday he will run for Congress.
Witt, a Democrat and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Bill Clinton's administration, will seek to represent the Fourth Congressional District, where he lives and which covers the southwest area of the state.
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He made his intentions known in a conference call and separate statement released to the press.
"I've spent my adult life bringing people together at the toughest times of their lives. Nowhere in this country needs disaster relief management or consensus building more than Washington," Witt said in the statement. "My approach is simple: if we've got a problem, let's use our common-sense and do the hard work necessary to solve it."
Witt will likely face several other Democrats in the a primary race.
Incumbent freshman Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is giving up the seat to run against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in next year's midterm elections.