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“Election 2020: Arkansas PBS Debates”

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Before you vote this fall, make sure that you know your candidates and their stances on the issues that matter to you! “Election 2020: Arkansas PBS Debates” will feature candidates in four races, including U.S. Congressional Districts 2, 3 and 4 and the U.S. Senate. “Election 2020: Arkansas PBS Debates” will livestream at and air on Arkansas PBS Oct. 12-14.

The following candidates have verbally committed to participating in Arkansas PBS’s debates:

  • U.S. Congressional District 2 – Joyce Elliott (D) and incumbent French Hill (R). 

  • U.S. Congressional District 3 –  Michael Kalagias (L), Celeste Williams (D) and incumbent Steve Womack (R).
  • U.S. Congressional District 4 –  Frank Gilbert (L), William Hanson (D) and incumbent Bruce Westerman (R).
  • U.S. Senate – Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. (L). At this time, incumbent Tom Cotton (R) is not scheduled to appear.

The debates will livestream and air at the following times:

  • Monday, Oct. 12, U.S. Congressional District 2 livestreaming at 2 p.m. and airing at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, U.S. Congressional District 4  livestreaming at 10 a.m. and airing at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, U.S. Congressional District 3  livestreaming at 3:30 p.m. and airing at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, U.S. Senate livestreaming at 3 p.m. and airing at 7 p.m.

On top of keeping you informed about the candidates, we’re also producing “Election 2020: 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. “Election 2020: Ballot Initiatives” premieres Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Sunday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m.

Debates will rebroadcast Sunday, Oct. 18, beginning at 1 p.m. Additional information is available at

Major funding for “Election 2020: Arkansas PBS Debates” is provided by AARP Arkansas.