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Slater pondering Arkansas return

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Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is firmly settled in Washington, D.C. -- he even recently bought an ownership stake in the major league baseball team there -- but the Marianna native still wants to leave open the door to someday running for political office in Arkansas.

Even the state Republican Party director has nice words for him.

Slater insists he is loyal to his Arkansas roots and is mulling an eventual return to seek public office. ...

Slater, 51, said he would be honored to return to Arkansas to seek political office, but such a move is not likely soon. ...

Slater said he tries to get back to his home state frequently. He is on the Philander Smith College board and his clients include Wal-Mart, Dillard's and Acxiom.

"I'm an Arkansan," he said. ...

Slater said any decision on a run at the Arkansas governorship is at least four years away. He endorsed Mike Beebe, a Democrat, in the race to succeed term-limted Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"I've got a good friend who's running for governor in Arkansas now and if he's successful, I'm sure he would run for a second term. I'm supporting him now and I'll support him then," he said. ...

State GOP Director Clint Reed said Slater's experiences may play well with voters if he comes back to the state.

"I think voters look at an individual's background and what he's done and what he's given to better himself and our state," Reed said. "Being involved in what's going on in Washington often pays great dividends in our state."

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