WDSU-TV will broadcast a live debate this week for six entrants in the Louisiana governor's race. Campaign spokespeople for state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle have confirmed their candidates will attend. Luke Bolar, spokesman for U.S. Sen. David Vitter, told Gambit the senator's campaign will announce his debate participation schedule "shortly." Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's campaign did not return a call to confirm his participation, though he is expected to attend. All are Republicans except Edwards, who is a Democrat.
Also included are two candidates whose poll numbers are lower than the four frontrunners: Cary Deaton of Metairie and Jeremy Odom of Natchitoches. Deaton is a Democrat; Odom is registered as belonging to no party, though his campaign website lists his party as Democrat.
The forum will air live at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and will be moderated by WDSU anchor Scott Walker. WDSU President and General Manager Joel Vilmanay did not return a call inquiring about the specific format for the event.