Bentonville Forum Will Feature Gubernatorial Candidates

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BENTONVILLE (KFSM)- Gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross, Democrat, and Asa Hutchinson, Republican, will take part in a forum Tuesday (Sept. 30) at the Arend Arts Center on the Bentonville High School campus.

The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dana Davis, president and CEO of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, said it will be a question and answer format.

”We think it’s more important to get information out to those individuals that are going to be voting as opposed to creating a debate format where it becomes more responding to what the other candidates say," Davis said.

The chamber has about a dozen questions revolving topics like education, childhood development, taxes and the economy.

They are also involving the audience. Davis said they'll provide a phone number for the audience to send questions via text message.

They'll have a team who will filter through them and some can make it in the discussion, Davis said

"This is a very critical race for the state of Arkansas at a very important time," Davis said.  "We think it’s important that we get the message out to as many of our citizens, those that will be going out to vote as possible about what the positions of those two candidates are on key issues."

The forum is free and open to everyone. It's sponsored by Walmart, SourceGas, SWEPCO, Sam’s Club and Bentonville Public Schools.

Other candidates for governor, whose names also will be on the November ballot with Hutchinson and Ross, are Green Party candidate Joshua Drake and Libertarian Frank Gilbert.


  • Elaphas

    It is no coincidence that every 5NEWS story about the governor’s race leads with Mike Ross’s name first. These subtle jabs at Asa Hutchinson is only more evidence that the liberal media have an agenda. Unfortunately for them, Mike Ross hasn’t a snowball’s chance in h*ll of winning. Asa will be the next governor of Arkansas.

  • Sarah 300

    Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is one of the top five governors in the USA. With the election of MIKE ROSS as our new governor, The State of Arkansas will continue to take care of her citizens with medical care, new roads are being built everywhere which provide jobs, and our natural resources will be protected from corporate bigwigs who drill for oil and gas. And of course that pesky multiple deduction on his tax forms for the Homestead Act. Seems like someone in lawyering would KNOW his legal deductions.

    Vote Mike Ross to keep Arkansas from corporate takeover. We ARE people not corporations.

    I also have bad feelings because Asa went after President Bill Clinton, all the while knowing the majority of the Senate would NOT impeach him. He felt it was his duty to drag Clinton through the mud no matter the harm to our State.

  • Pat

    Asa should have watched that Homestead Tax Deduction carefully especially during an election cycle.
    Apparently dishonesty is rampant in the Republican Party. Mark Darr, illegally using campaign funds, Paul Bookout and Martha Shoffner, and their misdeeds. And so it goes.

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