Jessica M. Karmasek May 8, 2013, 3:06pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) -- David Sterling, a private practice lawyer from North Little Rock, says he is running for Arkansas attorney general next year.

According to The Associated Press, Sterling said during his campaign announcement Tuesday that, if elected, he will work to protect residents from an "overreaching" federal government.

Sterling, who describes himself as a conservative Republican, currently practices law with the firm of Cox, Sterling & McClure PLLC, where he focuses on business, commercial and contract law.

He also served as assistant city manager of Hope, Ark., from 1997 to 1998.

He holds a master's degree in public administration in addition to his law degree, both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

According to his campaign website, Sterling also is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the Federalist Society, the Republican National Lawyers Association and the National Rifle Association.

He is seeking to take over for current Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, who is barred by term limits from running for re-election.

McDaniel assumed the Attorney General's Office in January 2007, succeeding Mike Beebe, the state's current governor. He was re-elected in 2010.

McDaniel was running for governor, but dropped out of the race in January amid questions about an extramarital relationship.

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