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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Charbonnet drops out of Saturday mayoral candidate forum; WHIV-FM will broadcast

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 3:38 PM

click to enlarge Declared mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell will attend the first mayoral forum of the election Saturday morning. Desiree Charbonnet (right), who originally had committed to the forum, will not be attending, citing scheduling conflicts.
  • Declared mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell will attend the first mayoral forum of the election Saturday morning. Desiree Charbonnet (right), who originally had committed to the forum, will not be attending, citing scheduling conflicts.

The first forum of the 2017 mayoral race, set for Saturday morning at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, has lost one of its participants: Former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, who originally had confirmed her attendance, now has backed out, citing a scheduling conflict.

In a note, Charbonnet said she inadvertently had been "double-booked" and will be in Washington, D.C. this weekend. That leaves two candidates with confirmed attendance: former Civil District Judge Michael Bagneris and District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.

The three seem to be the only candidates who were invited to the forum, which is being held by the group Indivisible NOLA. Other declared candidates — including registered nurse Edward Bruski and businessman Frank Scurlock — were not invited. In response to queries, the organizers noted:
We have been asked why we haven't included every person who has announced their candidacy in this race. We want to address that, as it is a fair question. We decided to host this event to give our members, members of other progressive groups, and the public a chance to engage with progressive candidates. It is before the filing deadline, therefore was never intended to be an event that presented every single candidate to the public. It is also not a debate- rather 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. We also selected candidates who we believed share our progressive values. We were in touch with candidates from two other campaigns that we are definitely going to follow. We wish them the best, think they have some great ideas, and can't wait to see what they do. If we host additional forums before the election, they will be included in those if our members would like to hear from them.
The forum will begin at 10:30 a.m. June 17 and is open to the public with first-come, first-serve seating. WHIV-FM, the community radio station, will broadcast the event.

Location Details First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans
2903 Jefferson Ave.
Uptown
New Orleans, LA
(504) 866-9010
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