Candidates for city, county, and state elective offices will be able to share their respective visions for a better Arkansas during five town halls slated next month at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.


The events, hosted by the UAFS chapter of the American Democracy Project, are part of the organization’s efforts to boost civic engagement on campus and in the community.


“It is with excitement that the UAFS American Democracy Project will be hosting these town halls with the candidates for various elective offices,” said Dr. Williams Yamkam, assistant professor of political science and chair of the UAFS American Democracy Project. “These town halls constitute a platform for the candidates to share their respective vision with the voters, and for the voters to get to hear directly from the candidates without any biased filters. It is good for the candidates, the voters, our campus, the community, and democracy.”


The town halls are scheduled for the following dates:


Oct. 8: Candidates for Arkansas House District 77, noon, Windgate Art & Design theater


Oct. 8: Candidates for Fort Smith board of directors (at-large position 5), 6 p.m., Windgate Art & Design theater


Oct. 11: Candidates for Arkansas attorney general*, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room


Oct. 15: Chairs of the Arkansas Democratic and Republican parties to discuss the role of political parties in the electoral process, noon, the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room


Oct. 31: Candidates for Sebastian County judge, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room


For more information, contact Yamkam at 479-788-7981 or williams.yamkam@uafs.edu.


*Due to a scheduling conflict, Republican incumbent Leslie Rutledge will not be able to attend this town hall. Only the Democratic and Libertarian candidates for attorney general will be participating.