Garret Graves and Edwin Edwards will debate each other once more before the Dec. 6 runoff to fill Louisiana’s 6th District congressional seat.
Graves, the Republican front-runner in the race, and Democratic former Gov. Edwards will answer randomly selected questions and have an opportunity to rebut each other at an event organized by the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.
It’s the only debate so far that has managed to schedule both candidates, and others aren’t expected. It will take place at Forrest Grove in Denham Springs and will be open to the public.
“Representation of the district, which includes Livingston Parish, is important to the parish. Business growth, along with community issues and economic vitality, are relevant to the chamber,” chamber board Chairman Kim Sanders said in announcing the event Thursday.
Graves, a former Jindal appointee who beat out several Republican rivals during the Nov. 4 primary to face Edwards, is favored to win the race, as the 6th District leans heavily Republican.
Edwards, who served four terms as governor before spending nearly a decade in prison, is expected to start airing television ads in the coming week. Graves had taken to the airwaves in his effort to beat out the crowded primary field.
Early voting starts Saturday and runs through Nov. 29.
The debate will come after thousands have already completed their ballots.