January 21, 2016 | Posted in Arkansas Voter's Guide | By

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—On Thursday Family Council released its voter’s guide for the 2016 Arkansas Primary Elections.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “I am pleased to announce the 2016 Arkansas Voter’s Guide from Family Council is available. We surveyed candidates for every state and federal office this year—including candidates for U.S. President. We asked them to respond to eleven survey questions. Our 2016 survey covers everything from abortion and marriage to economics and gun legislation. This will help voters understand where candidates stand on a wide variety of issues.”

Cox noted the response rate from candidates for the 2016 Arkansas Voter’s Guide was one of the highest ever. “Family Council has been surveying candidates each election year since 1990. This year, seventy-eight percent of candidates completed our survey. Altogether, almost ninety percent of candidates for Arkansas House, Arkansas Senate, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate completed our survey. That’s the highest response rate ever. It is refreshing to see all these candidates displaying greater transparency to the people of Arkansas.”

Cox said the 2016 Arkansas Voter’s Guide includes survey responses from Arkansas Supreme Court candidates as well. “In addition to candidates for state and federal office, we also surveyed and received completed surveys from all candidates running for the Arkansas Supreme Court,” Cox said. “Judicial candidates often get overlooked during election cycles, but I think everyone agrees judges play a major role in state government. This guide will help Arkansans better understand their Arkansas Supreme Court candidates as well.”

Cox noted the 2016 Arkansas Voter’s Guide is nonpartisan and free to anyone who requests a copy of it. “Our goal is to help Arkansans cast informed votes. The Arkansas Voter’s Guide does not favor one candidate over another. Family Council does not endorse candidates. We simply ask the candidates where they stand on issues Arkansans care about, and then we share the candidates’ responses with voters. We also have included contact information voters can use to contact candidates who chose not to complete our survey. Anyone can request copies of the Arkansas Voter’s Guide. All they have to do is call our office in Little Rock at (501) 375-7000, and we will send them as many guides as they need. Voters also can see candidates’ survey responses online at www.ArkansasVotersGuide.com.”

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Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.