News Release

Candidate forums scheduled Sept 17 and 19 for state, parish offices

Contact: Christina Chapple, Southeastern Public Information

Stephanie Schulte, Hammond Chamber of Commerce


     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond’s historical district will be the setting for two candidate forums in September that will feature candidates vying for state and parish offices in the Saturday, Oct. 20 election. The events are free and open to the public.

     Candidates for president of Tangipahoa Parish will face off on Monday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the forum will focus on candidates who are running for state representative in Districts 73 and 77 and candidates for state senator in Districts 6 and 11.  The state representative debate will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the state senator debate at 7 p.m.  

     Participating candidates will field questions on a variety of topics, including economic development, infrastructure, safety/crime, education and transportation. 

     The debates are sponsored by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Student Government Association. Veteran broadcast journalist and Southeastern communication instructor Steve Bellas will moderate the Monday forum, while Doug Mouton, Northshore Bureau Chief for WWL-TV, will serve as moderator for the Wednesday forum. Keenan Gingles, publisher of The Daily Star, will officiate both events.

     Media partners include The Daily Star, KSLU 90.9 FM, Northshore Broadcasting and the Southeastern Channel. Members of the Hammond/Ponchatoula Sunrisers Rotary and the Hammond Rotary also have volunteered their services.

     The forums will be broadcast live on KSLU 90.9 FM, Tangi 96.5 (WTGG-FM) and Kajun 107.1 (WHMD-FM).  KSLU 90.9 FM will also stream both events live over the Internet at  In addition, the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational access channel, will record the debates for later broadcast via Charter Cable Channel 18.  

     To submit candidate questions for consideration for the forums or for more information, visit the Hammond Chamber of Commerce website at or call (985) 345-4457.

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