Exclusive Arkansas PBS debate series will feature candidates in nine races Oct. 17-21

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

Candidates in nine races will participate in “Election 2022: Arkansas PBS Debates,” which will livestream at youtube.com/arkansaspbs and air live on Arkansas PBS daily Oct. 17-21. Debates will also be rebroadcast during primetime beginning Oct. 17 and be available on our YouTube channel after Debates week. 

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. Debates are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open one hour prior to taping times.

Debate Hall Rules:

  1. No food or drinks allowed in the debate hall.
  2. Please turn off cell phones or other electronic devices.
  3. No campaign signs, buttons or other paraphernalia allowed in the debate hall.
  4. Applause or any other form of audience participation or reaction will not be permitted. Violators will be removed from the debate hall.

*Media interested in attending can register here*

Ways to Watch

The debates will livestream, broadcast live, and be repeated in primetime on Arkansas PBS at the following times: 

Monday, Oct. 17 
10 a.m. – U.S. Congressional District 4 (repeats at 7 p.m.)
1 p.m. – U.S. Congressional District 3 (repeats at 8 p.m.)

Tuesday, Oct. 18 
10 a.m. – Lieutenant Governor (repeats at 7 p.m.)
2 p.m. – Secretary of State (repeats Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 19
10 a.m. – Attorney General (repeats at 7 p.m.)
* Secretary of State repeats at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20 
10 a.m. – U.S. Congressional District 1 (repeats at 7 p.m.)
2 p.m. – U.S. Congressional District 2 (repeats at 8 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 21
10 a.m. – Governor (repeats at 7 p.m.)
1 p.m. – U.S. Senate (repeats at 8 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 6
All debates will repeat from 9 a.m. to 6 pm.

All Debates can be viewed again after the broadcast on our YouTube Channel.

Meet the Candidates


1st District

Republican

Rick Crawford
Jonesboro, AR
Website
Democrat

Monte Hodges
Blytheville, AR
Website

2nd District

Democrat

Quintessa Hathaway
Website
Republican

French Hill
Website
Libertarian

Michael White
Website

3rd District

Libertarian

Michael Kalagias
Website
Democrat

Lauren Mallett-Hays
Website
Republican

Steve Womack
Website

4th District

Libertarian

Gregory Maxwell
Website
Republican

Bruce Westerman
Website
Democrat

John White
Website

Attorney General

Democrat

Jesse Gibson
Website
Republican

Tim Griffin
Website

Arkansas Governor

Libertarian

Ricky Dale Harrington Jr.
Website
Republican

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Website
Democrat

Chris Jones
Website

Lieutenant Governor

Libertarian

Frank Gilbert
Website
Republican

Leslie Rutledge
Website
Democrat

Kelly Krout
Website

Secretary of State

Democrat

Anna Beth Gorman
Website
Republican

John Thurston
Website

U.S. Senate

Republican

John Boozman
Website
Libertarian

Kenneth Cates
Website
Democrat

Natalie James
Website

Use of Debates for Media

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

You may take the signal off-air or request in advance a dub, available in most formats. Please request desired format – embed code, pool feed, DVD, audio feed, etc. – prior to the debate.

Voter Resources

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

Civics Education for Kids

Our educators have created toolkits and resources for parents and teachers to help guide and engage children through the civics process during this election year. Find what you need here.

AR-CAN

AR-CAN – the Arkansas Citizens Access Network – provides unprecedented access to state government, giving Arkansas citizens a front row seat to legislative proceedings, board and commission meetings, and other government hearings and activities. The website is dedicated to livestreaming Arkansas state government events and meetings and serves as an important educational tool, allowing students to see their government at work while learning about public affairs and civic responsibility.