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Posted 19 Sep 2014

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has invited candidates in nine races to participate in “Election 2014: AETN Debates.” New this year: debates will be streamed live during taping at

Major funding for “Election 2014: AETN Debates” is provided by AARP Arkansas.

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;” Debates may be broadcast or streamed online with proper identification. Email 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.



* denotes incumbent                                
Monday 10/13 U.S. Congressional District 2 Patrick Hays (D)
French Hill (R)
Debbie Standiford (L)
10 a.m. 7 p.m.
Monday 10/13 U.S. Senate Tom Cotton (R)
Nathan LaFrance (L)
*Mark Pryor (D)
Mark Swaney (G)
2 p.m.
90 minutes
8 p.m.
Tuesday 10/14 U.S. Congressional District 3 Grant Brand (L)
*Steve Womack (R)
10 a.m. 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10/14 U.S. Congressional District 4 Ken Hamilton (L)
Bruce Westerman (R)
James Lee Witt (D)
2 p.m. 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10/15 Secretary of State Jacob Holloway (L)
Susan Inman (D)

*Mark Martin (R) has not yet confirmed
10 a.m. 7 p.m.
Wednesday 10/15 Attorney General Aaron Cash (L)
Leslie Rutledge (R)
Nate Steel (D)
2 p.m. 8 p.m.
Thursday 10/16 Lieutenant Governor John Burkhalter (D)
Tim Griffin (R)
Christopher Olson (L)
10 a.m. 7 p.m.
Thursday 10/16 Governor J. Joshua Drake (G)
Frank Gilbert (L)
Asa Hutchinson (R)
Mike Ross (D)
2 p.m.
90 minutes
8 p.m.
Friday 10/17 U.S. Congressional District 1 Rick Crawford (R)
Jackie McPherson (D)
Brian Willhite (L)
10 a.m. 7 p.m.


Steve Barnes



Michael Hibblen, KUAR
David Goins, Fox 16/KARK
Rusty Turner, Northwest Arkansas Times

Lieutenant Governor

Sarah Whites-Koditschek, KUAR
Lance Turner, Arkansas Business
Kelly Kissel, Associated Press

Attorney General

Janelle Lilley, KATV 7
David Ramsey, Arkansas Times
Steve Brawner, Independent Journalist

Secretary of State

Sarah Whites-Koditschek, KUAR
Lance Turner, Arkansas Business
Benjamin Hardy, Arkansas Times

U.S. Congressional District 1

Johnathan Reaves, KASU
Rachel Freeze, McGehee-Dermott Times-News
Bob Heist, Baxter Bulletin

U.S. Congressional District 2

Nathan Vandiver, KUAR
Michel Leidermann, El Latino
Steve Brawner, Independent Journalist

U.S. Congressional District 3

Justin Bates, Southwest Times Record
Doug Thompson, Northwest Arkansas Newspapers
Marty Cook, Arkansas Business

U.S. Congressional District 4

Michael Lee, Pine Bluff Commercial
Megan Reynolds, Daily Siftings Herald

U.S. Senate    

Doug Thompson, Northwest Arkansas News
Michael Hibblen, KUAR
Gwen Moritz, Arkansas Business


Reporters will not be allowed to talk to candidates before the debate.

All media attending the debates should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled taping. Media is invited to sit in the audience or the press room with a live feed.

Following each debate, brief press conferences will be held in the press room with individual candidates who agree to participate. Reporters seated in the audience will be escorted from their seats to the interview room after the debates.

A pool feed will be available. Bring your own deck. No TV cameras allowed inside the performance hall during the debates. DVDs of the debates will also be available immediately following each debate. HD footage will be available by pool feed only. Contact Michael Clay at (501) 682-4194 or if you have any questions about video.

Still photographers will be allowed to shoot from aisles in performance hall. No flashes. Do not block audience members’ view. Remember that the sound of your camera is easily heard.To request press passes or for other inquiries, contact Tiffany L. Head, AETN Public Relations Manager, at (501) 682-4157 or