JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of Region 8 students were given the chance to hear from political candidates Tuesday afternoon.
Five Republican candidates spoke to about 100 students at Jonesboro High School in a question and answer session for over an hour.
The program, started by JHS Government teacher Jon Newman, is aimed to help give students a true look at politics and how issues affect voters in the region.
Newman says he wants his students to take a look at what issues matter here in Arkansas. "Tell them what a Republican actually is and what a Republican in Arkansas is versus a Republican on the national stage." Newman said, "Then next Tuesday we hope to have the Democrats in here to represent the other side of the coin."
JHS Senior Katie Neilson says she was excited when she first heard about the political forum. "I just think that it's amazing that they're bringing this in so that we can be more informed about local politics and I think that's something that most people my age aren't really that aware of." said Katie Neilson.