JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The seven candidates vying for the District 21 Senate seat spoke at a candidate forum Friday afternoon put on by the NEA Political Animals.
The seat was left vacant by Democratic Senator Paul Bookout.
Bookout resigned after a state Ethics Commission found he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use.
"Health care. You hear a lot about that and folks talk a lot about that. It's an important issue for our government and our financial situation. Education is always important in our community," Rep. Dan Sullivan said.
The party primaries will be October 8.
The two candidates chosen will go head to head in the special election January 14, 2014.