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Mayoral Candidates to Take Part in Youth-Focused 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, several top contenders in the race will meet with the Youth Voices Council to share their vision for the future of New Orleans. 


The town hall forum will focus on the issues pertinent to youth today, said the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the organization supporting the Youth Voices Council. Co-sponsoring the event are CASA New Orleans and The Employ Collaborative Youth Action Team. 


According to the event’s Facebook page, the forum will feature Michael Bagneris, Ed Bruski, LaToya Cantrell, Byron Cole, Desiree Charbonnet, Brandon Dorrington, Troy Henry, Matt Hill, and Hashim Walters. In a follow-up comment, Frank Scurlock expressed his interested in attending the event as well but has yet to be confirmed by the Youth Voices Council team. 


According to a poll created by Louisiana Center for Children's Rights Community Outreach Coordinator (and one of the lead organizers of the event) Grace Franklin, New Orleanians are most interested in hearing the candidates discuss education and youth opportunities. The Youth Voices Council is focused on “dismantl[ing] injustices within the juvenile justice system,” so expect in-depth conversation about reforms to criminal justice, city safety, and transportation from these nine confirmed candidates. 


In addition to the town hall discussion, Vote Nola will be on hand to register people to vote. The Committee for a Better New Orleans will also be at the event to inform citizens about the city budget process through an interactive and informative game, Mayor for a Day. 


The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so all attendees are encouraged to reserve their spots on the Eventbrite page


The event will be held at 10:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans.

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