Five of the seven candidates seeking Arkansas’ 2nd District Congressional seat squared off at UALR on Tuesday night. Three of the present candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination, while both Republicans were in attendance.
Only 20 people showed up, according to this report from Rob Moritz with our content partner, the Arkansas News Bureau.
A recently enacted student loan law seemed to draw the most distinction along party lines. The Republicans – Tim Griffin and Scott Wallace – argued that it increased government’s role too widely. The three Democrats – Joyce Elliott, Patrick Kennedy and Robbie Wills – complimented the measure.
The new law increases the Pell Grant amounts, eliminates the middleman role of private banks in issuing federal student loans and expands funding for colleges.