The following is a press release from a partnership of statewide faith leaders and community leaders.
COMMUNITY LEADERS TO HOST GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE FORUM
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS— All three candidates for Arkansas Governor have confirmed that they will attend a gubernatorial community forum in North Little Rock on Monday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.
The forum, which will focus on issues important to families and the future of Arkansas children, is sponsored by a combination of statewide faith leaders in partnership with the Arkansas Out of School Network and other community groups.
“As faith leaders we feel it is important for us to come together and be advocates for our children and those who can not speak loudly for themselves due to lack of resources or lack of access”, explained New St. Hurricane Baptist Church Pastor Derick Easter of Pine Bluff.
The 90-minute forum, which will allow community members to become more informed about the candidates and their platforms, will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, 1821 Edmonds Street, beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. Incumbent and republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, democrat candidate Jared Henderson and libertarian candidate Mark West will discuss pre-established questions from topics such as afterschool and summer programming, health care and economic development.
“Afterschool and summer learning programs are a vital resource for families across Arkansas”, said AOSN Network Coordinator Laveta Wills-Hale. “They keep kids safe and healthy while preparing them for the future.”
Some supporting partners for the event include the Arkansas Out of School Network, Regular Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas, Arkansas Family Council, Faith Voices of Arkansas, Arkansas First Jurisdiction Church of God In Christ and Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
Early voting begins October 22 for the gubernatorial election, which will be held on November 6.
For further information about this free community event contact: Derick Easter 870-536-8337 or 501-590-4589 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.