FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ashley Northington or Alma C. Stewart
(615) 928- 1909 (225) 772.7029
[email protected] [email protected]
LOUISIANA CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY ANNOUNCES
MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM, PRESS CONFERENCE ON VOTING LOCATIONS
BATON ROUGE (September 27, 2016) — The Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE) in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Louisiana will host a Mayor-President Candidate Forum from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3 at the Louisiana State Archives Building, located at 3851 Essen Lane.
The organization is also set to host a press conference to highlight the significant changes in voting locations at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 in the Metro Council Chambers at City Hall, located in Room 905, 222 St. Louis Street.
Former Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, Councilman John Delgado, businessman Darryl Gissel, and Sen. Bodi White are set to participate in the forum. Jim Engster, host of the Jim Engster Show, will moderate. The candidates, who are vying to replace current Mayor-President Melvin L. ‘Kip’ Holden, will address attendees and communicate where they stand on the issues facing Capitol City and East Baton Rouge parish residents. Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the free event.
“Our beloved city is facing a number of challenges, ranging from flood recovery to access and delivery of healthcare to finding ways to curb violence,” said Alma Stewart, Founder and President for Louisiana Center for Health Equity. “We need to inform our residents about how their normal voting location may have changed due to the flooding, as this critical issue could affect the election. Our city is in dire need of a dynamic leader who can address the issues head on and develop solutions that will benefit all of our city’s residents.”
Several organizations have teamed up with LCHE to host the press conference and forum. These organizations include the Baton Rouge Chapters of American Association of University Women, National Organization for Women, The Micah Project/PICO, NAACP, AARP Mid-Town LA Chapter No. 5433, PREACH, Planned Parenthood, and Louisiana Progress Action.
No political literature or handouts will be distributed during the forum. Additionally, attendees are discouraged from wearing political attire (i.e. t-shirts, caps, buttons, etc.) and will be prohibited from entering the building. Seating is first come, first serve basis.
Requests to record the forum must be approved in writing in advance of the event.
For media inquiries, or to make plans to record the Mayor-President Candidate Forum, please contact Ashley Northington by phone at 1.615-928-1909 or by email at [email protected]
ABOUT THE PRESS CONFERENCE
WHAT: EBR Election Press Conference
WHEN: 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28
WHERE: Metro Council Chambers at 222 St. Louis Street in Baton Rouge
WHO: Louisiana Center for Health Equity along with League of Women Voters, The Micah Project/PICO, and the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP
WHY: To highlight the significant changes in voting locations due to flooding and to inform the public about voting location changes.
ABOUT THE FORUM
WHAT: Mayor-President Candidate Forum with candidates Former Sen. Sharon Weston Broom, Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, John Delgado, Darryl Gissel, and Bodi White
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3
WHERE: Louisiana State Archives Building at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge
WHO: Louisiana Center for Health Equity along with Baton Rouge Chapters of American Association of University Women, National Organization for Women, The Micah Project/PICO, NAACP, AARP Mid-Town LA Chapter No. 5433, PREACH, Planned Parenthood, and Louisiana Progress Action
WHY: To give candidates an opportunity to communicate where they stand on the issues facing Capitol City and East Baton Rouge parish residents
ABOUT LOUISIANA CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY
Louisiana Center for Health Equity is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit IRS 501 (c)(3) tax exempt, organization that addresses the increasing health disparities across Louisiana. LCHE serves as a catalyst for raising awareness and addressing health disparities through multi-sector collaboration with academia, private and non-profit organizations, healthcare organizations, government entities and others. Their main priorities are to access healthcare and closing the insurance coverage gap with Medicaid expansion funding, family economic security including establishing a state-wide livable wage and expanding EITC, Youth Violence Prevention using a public health approach and education reforms to end the school-to-prison pipeline/push-out trends which disproportionately affects African-American youth.