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AR District 4 Congressional candidates gear up for election

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Democrat Mike Ross held Arkansas' District 4 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for 5 terms, since 2000. He's not running for re-election which leaves Arkansas' 4th Congressional District open for any party to take.

Republican Tom Cotton graduated from Harvard law school, served in the army, and now works as a consultant. He has also worked for the U.S. Court of Appeals. He was born and raised on his family's cattle farm in Dardanelle, AR. He makes it clear, if elected he would work to repeal President Obama's healthcare law. Cotton also supports cutting spending to decrease the national debt and what he calls business friendly tax policies. 

"My plans for Arkansas and for the country are to have a smaller government with lower taxes, less spending, more freedom, and strengthen peace abroad," said Cotton.

For more on Cotton and his platform, click here.    

Democratic challenger Gene Jeffress is a former teacher who served in the Arkansas State House of Representatives and State Senate. He grew up in Crossett, AR. His website says although he is a democrat, he is pro life. He also wants to protect the 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

"This district wants common sense. We want Arkansas values, and that's what you get from Gene Jeffress," he said.

Jeffress claims he would work to make health insurance affordable for everyone, and he thinks businesses should be rewarded for keeping jobs in the U.S. in stead of outsourcing.

For more information on Jeffress and his platform, click here.    

Green Party candidate Josh Drake and Libertarian Bobby Tullis think many voters are fed up with both major parties.

"There's a candidate that believes differently from the other candidates. Who supports protecting the environment. Who supports creating green jobs and green energy," said Drake who also supports gay marriage and upholding Roe V. Wade. 

For more information on Drake and his platform, click here.

"I believe that Congressional Democrats are running us off the fiscal cliff at 180 miles an hour, and the Republicans are running us over the fiscal cliff at 120 miles an hour, so there's not much difference between the two. They're running up the debt and making our grandchildren pay the tab," said Tullis who used to be a Democrat before switching to the Libertarian Party.

To follow Tullis on Twitter, click here.

Election day is Tuesday, November 6th.

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