Update: This debate was canceled after both Republican candidates dropped out.
The Log Cabin Democrat in coordination with True Holiness Saints Center will host a political forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at True Holiness featuring candidates for State Senate District 35 and State House District 70.
Moderators will be current LCD Publisher Kelly Sublett and former LCD editor and current University of Central Arkansas professor David Keith.
“Mr. Keith and myself were approached by Sen. Jason Rapert (R) in September to host an unbiased forum for the residents of these districts,” Sublett said. “Mr. Keith and I worked to establish a venue and secure participants well in advance of Oct. 15."
Although Sen. Rapert has indicated he no longer plans to participate because he holds objections to some of his opponent’s campaign tactics, the event will go on as scheduled in order to honor the time and efforts and political campaigns of the candidates for House District 70, Spencer Hawks (R) and Andy Hawkins (D), and of Maureen Skinner (D), Rapert’s opponent in the upcoming election.
“The invitation to Sen. Rapert remains and he is more than welcome to attend,” Sublett said.
Candidates were given the format and ground rules for the event on Oct. 8. No candidate was supplied with questions ahead of the forum; however, each was told by moderators topics may include but are not limited to economic development, education, health care and duties of the offices they seek.
The public is invited to attend. Handheld signs will not be allowed on the True Holiness campus and the audience is asked to be mindful of the location. Disrespectful or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet and greet constituents following the forum and candidates will have the opportunity to hand out appropriate campaign materials.
“We look forward to the forum and giving the voting public a better glimpse of candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot,” Sublett said.
True Holiness is located at 198 E. Hwy. 286 in Conway.
Early voting begins Oct. 22 and Election Day is Nov. 6.