Arkansas attorney general candidates debate
CONWAY (KATV) —
The race for Arkansas attorney general is heating up with election day less than one month away.
On Wednesday, incumbent Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Mike Lee and Libertarian Kerry Hicks faced off at a debate held in the AETN studios.
These candidates faced a variety of questions with topics that included the death penalty and corruption among Arkansas legislators.
Lee said he was running to be "the people's lawyer" and promised to "fight corruption, tackle the opioid epidemic we have, and stop scammers and online predators."
Hicks, the Libertarian in the race, noted that he's the only person in the race who's not a licensed attorney and said he's received no funding from special interest groups.
Rutledge is seeking her second four-year term as attorney general.
“In 2014, Arkansans elected me as the first woman and first Republican attorney general of Arkansas," she said. "Since then, I’ve gotten married and I have a 10-week-old daughter at home. So now I describe myself as a Christian, pro-life, gun-carrying conservative mama."
And while candidates answered questions for about an hour, they also had the chance to tell voters why they should win your vote.
"While we have had record accomplishments in going after criminals [and] record numbers of convictions on Medicaid fraud, we have more work to do, whether it's the public integrity division I have launched or the Social Security disability fraud division," Rutledge said. "But we have more to do in terms of going after more con artists, criminals, bad actors. [And] rolling back some of these regulations, because I want to help job creators in our state.”
Hicks said voters "need somebody that's going to be a lawyer for regular people rather defending the corrupt actions of corrupt agencies sometimes."
Lee said he will focus "strictly on the needs and interest of the people of Arkansas."
"Nothing will divert me from that mission,” he said. “I will not be focused outside of the state. I will not be focused on Washington D.C. I will do the people's work and I have the legal skills and experience to do it."
The full debate airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on AETN.