Over 100 people filed into the Higginbotham - Miller exhibit hall at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 1, to hear from 17 candidates who are running for various offices in the May 8 elections.
Candidates signed up to speak as they arrived, and were each given 10 minutes to address the audience.
Both candidates running for Fulton County Sheriff took the opportunity to express their platforms for the race.
Current Sheriff Walter Dillinger was one of the first to take the podium Thursday night and addressed his family's long heritage in the area.
"I'm a native of Fulton County, born and raised here, my wife was born and raised here, my parents, my grandparents, were all born right here and I'm proud that we raised our kids here," said Dillinger. "I believe in taking care of our elderly folks who can't take care of themselves and our young kids should be educated on the drug problem, because that might make a difference."
Challenger and Arkansas State Trooper Kenneth "Buck" Foley spoke later in the evening.
"I want to be the first Sheriff to start a DARE program in this county," said Foley. "I want to educate one of the most precious commodities that we have in this county and that's our children. I want to teach them about drugs and I will hire a deputy through a federal grant so it won't cost the county anything, and this deputy will rotate through our three schools."
Fulton County Hospital Foundation Chairman, Ken Harper, was pleased with the large turnout.
"We just want to thank everybody who came out tonight," said Harper. "We appreciate the political candidates coming out and sharing their views with us, and we're glad to see so many citizens of the area coming out to hear what they had to say."
The Fulton County Hospital Foundation organized the rally and raised over $500 at the event.
"The money raised from this will go towards the hospital foundation and the work that it does for healthcare in this area, not just for the hospital but for health care in this three county area," said Harper. "All of the foundation members serve as volunteers, and freely give of their time to make events like this possible."