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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor says her interest in the state's top political office grew from her previous involvement in local issues.

State Rep. Debra Hobbs of Rogers told members of the Political Animals Club Tuesday that she used to be content working for other candidates but entered a Benton County race as residents became concerned about private property rights.

She won the race and eventually was elected to the state Legislature. Hobbs is one of three candidates for the GOP nomination for governor, along with former congressman Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman.

Former congressman Mike Ross is the only Democrat in next year's race.

Hobbs has been in the Arkansas House since 2009. She hasn't faced a primary or general election opponent for her seat.

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