Democratic candidates for governor discuss issues

Democratic candidates for governor discuss issues

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - With a little less than two weeks before voters head to the polls to determine party nominees for governor, the two Democratic candidates for Arkansas governor participated in a debate Wednesday in Little Rock.

During the 60-minute debate, sponsored by Little Rock television station KATV and Talk Business & Politics, both Jared Henderson and Leticia Sanders answered questions on a variety of issues.

Both Henderson and Sanders spoke about health care, the death penalty, and the grocery tax, among other issues.

On the death penalty, both Henderson and Sanders said the issue was important to voters.

"I have seen how our laws and our sentencing are applied disproportionately, to people who are in poverty, to people of color, and I think this is one of the most important things we need to take on," Henderson said.

"With the death penalty, I've always been totally against the death penalty because that's just playing God, no one has the right to kill, you're just as guilty as the one you're sentencing," Sanders said.

Early voting began Monday. May 7, and will continue until May 21.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face either Republicans Gov. Asa Hutchinson or Jan Morgan who are also facing off May 22; and Libertarian Mark West in the Nov. 6 general election.

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