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Mayoral Candidates LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris to Take Part in Town Hall Forum

New Orleans is just a few short months away from seeing its leadership change — as Mitch Landrieu’s tenure as mayor comes to a close, the race to see who will take his mantle has quickly intensified. On Saturday, two of the top contenders in the race, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and Judge Michael Bagneris, will meet with community members for a major public forum. 


The town hall forum is intended to highlight the two leading progressive candidates in the mayoral race, said Indivisible NOLA, the grassroots activism network that is hosting the event. According to Indivisible NOLA’s Facebook page, the forum will offer progressive organizations and community members to engage with candidates before the filing ends and the race intensifies later this summer and fall. 


The Indivisible team encourages any topic can be addressed during the audience Q&A session, and is clear to confirm that the forum will not function as a political debate. “It is a deep-dive conversation about issues that are relevant to our members. We wanted to offer a space for members to get engaged and invested in the local political process before the campaigns went into full swing. It was our decision that we wanted fewer candidates, and more time to hear from each, rather than more candidates, less time.” 


Desiree Charbonnet was originally scheduled to take part, but a conflicting engagement in Washington D.C. this weekend caused her to pull out earlier this week.  “We have worked in cooperation with the Indivisible NOLA organizers to figure something out because I really wanted to be there. Unfortunately we were unable to make it work,” said Charbonnet in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with Indivisible and participating in future town halls.” 


Though the Indivisible NOLA team has geared Saturday’s event toward more progressive candidates, they encourage all New Orleanians to get involved in local politics. On their same event page, they’ve linked to the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program to see everyone who have filed their candidacy to run for Mayor of New Orleans, as well as other positions. Fellow New Orleanians whose names have circulated in the mayoral race in recent months include Louisiana Representative Walt Leger (who at press time is an unofficial candidate), independent candidate Edward Bruski, and local businessman Frank Scurlock. 


The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 300 attendees. WHIV 102.3FM will live stream the event on their station and their Facebook page as well. 


The event will be held at 10:30AM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. 

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Updated 6.17, 9AM 

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