The Union County Republican Committee (UCRC) will partner with two of Arkansas’ top political groups, LobbyUp and Talk Business, to sponsor the first Republican Fourth Congressional District debate on Monday, Jan. 9, at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado.

“Our committee is honored to host the first congressional debate of the 2012 election cycle,” said UCRC Chairman Kermit Parks. “The people of South Arkansas are ready to send a conservative Republican to Congress next November.”

The debate will be moderated by Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb.  Candidates participating include Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, Beth Anne Rankin of Magnolia and Marcus Richmond of Harvey.

LobbyUp and Talk Business will partner to live stream the debate online at www.talkbusiness.net/live.

Talk Business is a multi-media news organization founded by Roby Brock which includes statewide television and radio programs, a quarterly magazine, and website and blogs dedicated to business, politics and public affairs.

LobbyUp is an Arkansas-based company that provides expanded access to legislative and government data. The company is expected to release its online campaign management tool sometime in February. The LobbyUp Legislative Directory and legislative search tool can be found in Apple’s App Store as a free download.

“We jumped at the opportunity to live stream this debate,” said LobbyUp President Bradley Phillips. “We specialize in using technology to give citizens better access to government and this fits in with that theme. A lot of folks will get to watch this debate that wouldn’t normally have the luxury.”

“As a premiere destination for political news in Arkansas, Talk Business is proud to be able to offer this coverage of one of the most important races in the 2012 election cycle,” said Brock.

The debate is open to the public and will take place from 5 to 6:30 pm.