Candidates for city, county and state elective offices will be able to share their respective visions for a better Arkansas at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith next month.

Five town halls hosted by the UAFS chapter of the American Democracy Project are slated to take place throughout October, according to a UAFS news release. These events are part of the organization’s efforts to boost civic engagement on campus and in the community.

“It is with excitement that the UAFS American Democracy Project will be hosting these town halls with the candidates for various elective offices,” Williams Yamkam, assistant professor of political science and chairman of the UAFS American Democracy Project, said. “These town halls constitute a platform for the candidates to share their respective vision with the voters, and for the voters to get to hear directly from the candidates without any biased filters. It is good for the candidates, the voters, our campus, the community and democracy.”

The town halls are scheduled for the following dates:

• Oct. 8: Candidates for Arkansas House District 77, noon, Windgate Art & Design theater

• Oct. 8: Candidates for Fort Smith board of directors (at-large position 5), 6 p.m., Windgate Art & Design theater

• Oct. 11: Candidates for Arkansas attorney general, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room

• Oct. 15: Chairs of the Arkansas Democratic and Republican parties to discuss the role of political parties in the electoral process, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room

• Oct. 31: Candidates for Sebastian County judge, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room

Republican incumbent Leslie Rutledge will not be able to attend the Oct. 11 town hall due to a scheduling conflict. Only the Democratic and Libertarian candidates for attorney general will be participating.

For more information, contact Yamkam at (479) 788-7981 or williams.yamkam@uafs.edu.