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WBRZ and partner stations announce September gubernatorial debate

1 year 3 months 1 day ago Thursday, February 16 2023 Feb 16, 2023 February 16, 2023 10:01 PM February 16, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

The Urban League of Louisiana and WWL-TV (New Orleans Metro) in partnership with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), WBRZ-TV (Baton Rouge), KATC (Lafayette) and KTBS (Shreveport) announce they will co-host a televised debate for the 2023 Louisiana Gubernatorial Election on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023.

Each partnering organization has a track record of engaging political candidates to help provide non-partisan voter education and outreach throughout the state. This partnership ensures that this pivotal election decision is covered in every corner of Louisiana, a PAR release states.

“We’re excited to collaborate on this debate for such an important Louisiana election,” said PAR President Steven Procopio. “Democracy thrives when citizens are engaged and informed. We hope this event will give citizens the knowledge they need to review the candidates’ positions on policies critical to the state’s future and help them make their decisions in the voting booth.”

“The Urban League of Louisiana is proud to continue our history of non-partisan voter education and mobilization,” said Judy Reese Morse, President & CEO, Urban League of Louisiana. “This unique partnership positions our organization to help elevate issues important to the communities we serve as well as help to highlight the future Louisianians of all communities share.”

While Labor Day is the unofficial start of the campaign season, many candidates are beginning to announce their intentions and setting critical milestones on their calendars. Today’s announcement provides an opportunity for all candidates and potential candidates to be aware of this opportunity that will afford them the chance to speak directly to voters in every section of our great state.

"We are excited to join our colleagues in sharing candidates' plans for moving Louisiana forward this fall. We welcome, and look forward to, the discussion among the candidates addressing the growing concerns of proud Louisianans who long for a state we can be proud to call home and where our families thrive," said Trey Schmaltz, General Manager of WBRZ.

Details related to the candidate selection criteria, debate format, and more will be announced at a later date.

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