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Governor Candidates Debate, Work Requirements, Teachers, Prison Reform

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In a few weeks, Arkansans will be deciding who will be the next governor. The three candidates took the stage in Conway Friday to debate. 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is the Republican incumbent, Democratic candidate Jared Henderson, and Libertarian candidate Mark West went head-to-head on a number of topics.

They discussed a wide range of topics, like Medicaid work requirements. 

"We don't want to leave them in generations of poverty, we want to assist them with health care but get the training necessary to work," Governor Asa Hutchinson said. 

"I think this is bad policy all around," Henderson reacted. 

"To answer your question, is it fair? No," West answered. 

Another topic talked about was prison reform. Governor Hutchinson spoke about what he accomplished while in office, "we put in 250 reentry beds so that we can ease people coming out of prison so they get more support. We put crisis stabilization units." 

Henderson says he has a plan to solve overcrowding by cutting the prison population. 

"I know for a fact that we're not doing enough. I know for a fact, that the ideas I released are not only good, but necessary," Henderson said. 

"I believe people that are in prison right now for drug-related offenses should be immediately released," West said. 

They also took on teacher pay and the public school system, corruption in public office, tariff's, and the trade war. 

It's all in an effort to win over voters before the election. 


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