Major funding for "Election 2018: AETN Debates" is provided by AARP Arkansas.


Election 2018: AETN Debates

Before casting your ballot this fall, get to know the candidates and their stances on important issues.

Candidates in eight races have agreed to participate in "Election 2018: AETN Debates," which will tape and air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Oct. 8-12.

All debates will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, 223 Beatrice Powell St., on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open one hour prior to taping times. Debates will also stream live on aetn.org.

In addition to keeping viewers informed about the candidates, AETN will also produce "Election 2018: Ballot Initiatives." The proposed initiatives that have reached the ballot will be discussed in this 30-minute program produced in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

A final debate schedule is still being determined. Debates and ballot initiatives will repeat in two parts Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28, beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day.

Major funding for "Election 2018: AETN Debates" is provided by AARP Arkansas.




Watch Online



Debates for U.S. Congressional Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be rebroadcast Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Debates for attorney general, secretary of state, lieutenant governor and governor will be rebroadcast Sunday, Oct. 28, beginning at 12:30 p.m. "Ballot initiatives" will also be rebroadcast each day.

Use of debates

All debates are offered free to any Arkansas media outlet that provides an email request for permission to use the shows in their entirety. The programs must be identified by announcement and caption with "This debate is provided by the Arkansas Educational Television Network; aetn.org/elections." Debates may be broadcast or streamed online with proper identification. Email thead@aetn.org for permission.

Video and audio clips may be used in news reports, but no audio portions may be lifted and used out of context in any way. Excerpts must be identified both by announcement and by caption as a production from "AETN" or "the Arkansas Educational Television Network."

You may take the signal off-air or request in advance a dub, available in most formats. All expense for copies of the debates will be covered by AETN. Please request desired format – pool feed, DVD, audio feed, etc. – at least two days prior to the debate.

Issue 1 and Issue 3 were disqualified.
Votes will not be counted.




The Candidates

Attorney General


Libertarian
Kerry Hicks
Mena, AR
Website

Democrat
Mike Lee
Little Rock, AR
Website

Republican
Leslie Rutledge*
Little Rock, AR
Website

Governor


Democrat
Jared Henderson
Little Rock, AR
Website

Republican
Asa Hutchinson*
Little Rock, AR
Website

Libertarian
Mark West
Batesville, AR
Website

Lieutenant Governor


Democrat
Anthony Bland Sr.
Little Rock, AR
Website

Libertarian
Frank Gilbert
Tull, AR
Website

Republican
Tim Griffin*
Little Rock, AR
Website

Secretary of State


Democrat
Susan Inman
Little Rock, AR
Website

Libertarian
Christopher Olson
Viola, AR
Website

Republican
John Thurston
Little Rock, AR
Website

U.S. Congress District 01


Republican
Rick Crawford*
Jonesboro, AR
Website

Democrat
Chintan Desai
Helena, AR
Website

Libertarian
Elvis Presley
Star City, AR
Website

U.S. Congress District 02


Republican
French Hill*
Little Rock, AR
Website

Libertarian
Joe Swafford
Maumelle, AR
Website

Democrat
Clarke Tucker
Little Rock, AR
Website

U.S. Congress District 03


Libertarian
Michael Kalagias
Rogers, AR
Website

Democrat
Josh Mahony
Fayetteville, AR
Website

Republican
Steve Womack*
Rogers, AR
Website

U.S. Congress District 04


Libertarian
Tom Canada
Scranton, AR
Website

Democrat
Hayden Shamel
Hot Springs, AR
Website

Republican
Bruce Westerman*
Hot Springs, AR
Website

* Denotes Incumbent
For a complete list of registered candidates, including write-ins, please visit the Arkansas Secretary of State website.




Voter Education

Want your voice to be heard, but don't know how?
The information on Arkansas Secretary of State website tells you everything you need to know about becoming an active Arkansas voter. Click here to visit Vote Naturally.org.

Are you registered? Have you moved?
You may need to update your voter information. Use this easy online voter registration search to find out.

Need to update?
Contact your county clerk (PDF)

Are you sure where and how to vote?
You can check that out, too, by visiting VoterView.org. All you need to know about voting in the Natural State!

U.S. Congressional Districts of Arkansas


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  • U.S. District 1
  • U.S. District 2
  • U.S. District 3
  • U.S. District 4