The Conservative Forum of Faulkner County and the University
of Central Arkansas will host a debate for the Republican candidates
running in the U.S. Senate Primary.
The event will be held April 7 at 6 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall.
The debate gives residents an opportunity to hear all eight Republican
Senate candidates at one venue.
Being able to see and meet all candidates is a great way for the public
to make a more informed decision, said John Nabholz with the
Conservative Forum of Faulkner County.
"With the unprecedented attention the Arkansas Senate race is receiving,
it is an honor for the Conservative Forum to be able to bring this
debate to the people who will be making the ultimate decision that
determines the final candidates for Arkansas,” he said. “The
Conservative Forum is thrilled to work with UCA to bring all eight of
the Republican Senate candidates to Conway.”
A moderator will conduct as many rounds of questions as is feasible in
the 90 minutes alloted for the debate. There will be a one-minute
introduction and a two-minute closing for each candidate.
The Republican candidates are:
Randy Alexander has 31 years experience directing campus housing
services at universities, most recently at UA Fayetteville. In 2003, he
formed Alexander & Associates, a consulting firm that provides housing
master planning services for universities. He and wife Pat have been
married 37 years and are members of Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers.
State Sen. Gilbert Baker is former chairman of the Arkansas Republican
Party. He is a retired instructor, academic advisor, and administrator
at the University of Central Arkansas, with more than 20 years of
service to higher education. He has served on the Boards of Independent
Living Services, Habitat for Humanity, Faulkner County Area Agency on
Aging, Life Choices Crisis Pregnancy Center, Southern Regional Education
Board and the Arkansas Workforce Investment.
Congressman John Boozman graduated from Northside High School in Fort
Smith and played football for the University of Arkansas while
completing his pre-optometry requirements. He graduated from the
Southern College of Optometry in 1977 and entered private practice. He
is married to the former Cathy Marley. In January 2003, Boozman was
named an Assistant Whip, a position he still retains, making him
responsible for helping House Republican Whip Eric Cantor secure the
votes necessary to pass critical legislation.
Curtis Coleman is chief executive officer of Safe Foods Corporation, one
of the fastest growing pathogen-control food safety companies in the
United States. He managed Mike Huckabee's first statewide campaign for
the U.S. Senate in 1992 and was a national fundraiser for Huckabee's
2008 presidential campaign.
State Sen. Kim Hendren owns a manufacturing plant, a farming and
ranching operation and assists in the operation of a 50,000-watt FM
radio station, a local real estate office, and five auto dealerships. He
is currently in his 12th year as a member of the Arkansas state
State Sen. Jim Holt was the Republican nominee for United States Senate
in 2004 running against Senator Blanche Lincoln, and was the Republican
nominee for Lt. Governor in 2006 running against current Lt. Governor
Bill Halter. He is a small business owner, a part-time counselor and
home schools his children. He and wife Bobye have nine children.
Fred Ramey is co-owner of Ramey & Co. Investments, a small real estate
investment company and is also a driver for Fed Ex, a position he's had
for sixteen years. He and his wife Gina, a teacher at Liberty ChrisConrad Reynolds is a 29-year military veteran, having served in the
United States Army Reserve and the regular Army from 1979 until January
2009. He retired with the rank of Colonel. He previously owned and
operated a defense consulting business in Conway. He was a speaker at
the 912 Rally at the Arkansas State Capitol and has announced a
state-wide speaking tour with Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher.
Plans are being made for a debate among candidates in the Democrat
Senate Primary before May’s elections.