Rep. Mayberry Addresses How Abortion Law Impacts Lt. Governor Race

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Wrapping up a series with the candidates for Arkansas lieutenant governor, Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, sat down with 5NEWS Managing Editor Larry Henry for a segment on "5NEWS Sunday Morning."

Mayberry is running against his fellow house Republican Charlie Collins and Democratic candidate John Burkhalter.  The lieutenant governor candidates appeared to leave the political jabs at home during the interview, referring to his opponent Charlie Collins as a colleague who he said is a “good guy.”

One key topic Mayberry addressed in the interview was a bill he sponsored which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

If the bill becomes a political issue with his lieutenant governor candidacy, Mayberry said, “I feel like, our constituents, if they can’t trust us as elected representatives to protect the basic, fundamental right to life… Then how can they trust us to deal with all the weighty issues we deal with every day from jobs to economy, health care, prison systems, and so forth?”

Mayberry said his 20 week abortion ban had what he referred to as “tri-partisan support,” with all Republicans, 29 Democrats, and one member of the Green Party backing the ban.

Mayberry also addressed a guns on campus bill sponsored by his opponent, Rep. Collins, R-Fayetteville.  Mayberry said he favored a plan in which individual school districts decide their security plans on their own, instead of a statewide law for security provisions.  Asked if he personally thought teachers and faculty should be armed in a school his child attends, Mayberry said, “I don’t think I would want the teacher to be armed.”  He went on to say, “I want the teacher to be focused on the classroom.”  Mayberry added this is a local issue and should be decided by individual districts.

The final issue addressed in the interview involved Mayberry’s role with an audit review with the University of Arkansas amid allegations the university may have destroyed public records to cover-up a deficit.  Mayberry said there needs to be more investigation into the matter to see what results from that.

The office of lieutenant governor is also one where many ethics issues are expected to come up in future debates after current Lt. Gov. Mark Darr dropped out of the District 4 congressional race after an investigation was opened up questioning whether he may have violated state laws by taking campaign funds for personal income.

The three current  lieutenant governor candidates are expected to address ethics and likely many more topics in the coming months ahead of the November election.

The Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election will take place on November 4, 2014.