Candidate forums for March 24 elections to focus on civil rights, students



Next month, voters in Orleans Parish will select a new state representative to fill a seat held by outgoing state Rep. Helena Moreno, who's moving into a New Orleans City Council At-Large seat in May. Also on that ballot are elections for judges at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and Civil District Court.

Voters in Jefferson Parish will vote for a new sheriff, the first election for a sheriff in that parish in more than two decades.

Progressive organizations The Power Coalition, Step Up Louisiana, VOTE and The Jeremiah Group will host two public forums with those candidates in advance of the March 24 elections. All candidates have confirmed their participation, according to the groups.

Candidates in the New Orleans elections will participate in a forum from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Corpus Christi Epiphany Community Resource Center (2022 St. Bernard Ave.) to discuss "equity and fairness in the areas of public safety, economic opportunity, criminal and juvenile justice, education and civic engagement rights for all constituents."
The Jeremiah Group hosts a student-led public safety forum with candidates for Jefferson Parish Sheriff at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16. A location is TBA.

Students will present their proposed platforms to candidates at the forum, which "will highlight issues that our high school voters, who are transitioning to young adults, experience on a day to day basis relevant to the criminal justice system."

Last year, the organizations hosted a crowded "Town Hall for Better Jobs" in advance of fall citywide elections, later collecting support for Step Up Louisiana's three-point platform ($15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and "banning the box" on job applications asking about criminal history).  The group recently hosted a forum discussing the platform with the Louisiana Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

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