Greater Shreveport Chamber urges Shreveporters to inform themselves ahead of November election

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce prioritizes advocacy initiatives at all levels of government, including local elections. With that in mind, we’ve launched our “Your Shreveport. Your Vote.” initiative in an effort to help area voters make informed decisions before heading to the polls November 6th.

As part of the initiative, we solicited questions from our members through various means and the general public via social media. The questions were then refined, and every candidate running for school board, city council or mayor was invited to the Chamber for an on-camera video interview. Each candidate running for school board was asked the same questions, as were those running for city council and mayor. The resulting videos were posted to the Chamber’s website at www.shreveportchamber.org/election-videosand to the Chamber’s YouTube page. The questions are posted on our website, too.

All candidates who are running opposed in their respective races were invited via mail at the address they have on file with the Secretary of State. Not all candidates participated, but all were invited.

The second major part of the Chamber’s initiative is a series of three mayoral forums. The forums will take place at three different locations, on three different nights and will be televised by three different local television stations. The first forum will be held Tuesday, October 16th at LSU Shreveport in the University Theatre beginning at 6pm. The forum will be televised by KTAL News 6. The second forum will be held Wednesday, October 17th at Centenary College in Anderson Auditorium at 6:30pm and be televised by KTBS Channel 3. The final forum will be held October 18th at Southern University of Shreveport in the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jackson Building lecture hall. It will take place at 6:30pm and be televised by KSLA News 12.

The three forums will focus on different topics. The first will discuss leadership and how each candidate plans to lead the city. The second will focus on city operations and their plans for getting things done. The third will highlight finance and how each candidate intends to fund their plans for Shreveport.

Consider this your official invitation to attend one, two or all three forums if you’d like. Registration is free but required as seating is extremely limited. If you, a coworker or family member is interested in attending, you can register online at http://web.shreveportchamber.org/events/Your-Shreveport-Your-Vote-2018-Mayoral-Forums-506/details. Registration ends Friday.

Feel free to share this information or email with whomever you like. The more informed voters we have at the polls next month, the better!