The four Democratic primary candidates for the 2nd District U.S. House race in Central Arkansas will debate for an hour tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. Candidates for four state legislative races will also face off, for 35 minutes each. (Facebook event page here.)

The congressional candidates for Arkansas’s second district are Gwen Combs, Jonathan Dunkley, Paul Spencer and Clarke Tucker. They’re vying for the chance to face Republican incumbent French Hill in the general election this fall.


Spencer, Tucker, Combs and Dunkley have already had one debate earlier this month, hosted by KATV. As David Ramsey wrote at the time, it was a mostly friendly affair.

There’s also a plethora of Democrats running for statehouse primaries in Pulaski County this year, including the following candidates squaring off at Philander tonight:


State Senate District 30
-Sen. Linda Chesterfield (incumbent)
-Andre Pendleton

State Representative District 37
-Isaac Henry
-Jamie Scott


State Representative District 36
-Rep. Charles Blake (incumbent)
-Darrell Stephens

State Representative District 33
-Tippi McCullough
-Ross Noland

The event is open to the public and hosted by the Pulaski County Democrats, the Democratic Party of Arkansas, Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus, and Warhorse Creative.