- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Two candidates say they want to use Arkansas’ lieutenant governor’s post to boost job creation in the state, but a third says that’s not the role of the office.

Republican Tim Griffin, Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Chris Olson met Thursday in a debate set for a nighttime broadcast on the Arkansas Educational Television Network. Griffin and Burkhalter said they want to promote the state’s economic development, but Olson said the job should be a part-time post.

The Republican and Democratic candidates stressed that vocational training should be an important part of Arkansas’ educational system and also said the state needed to revise its tax code in an effort to attract more businesses.

The job is currently vacant. Republican Mark Darr stepped down last winter amid an Ethics Commission probe.

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