The two announced candidates for Jefferson Parish President, Elton Lagasse and Mike Yenni, will meet in a second debate on Sept. 16.
Having already debated on the east bank, the candidates will now appear on the other side of the river at the Harvey Canal Industrial Association at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive in Gretna.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the debate will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the group said. The forum is open to the public.
Anyone who wants to suggest questions or topics for the debate can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504.367.1721.
The first debate between Yenni and Lagasse happened Tuesday evening in Metairie.
Yenni — Kenner’s mayor since 2010 — earned the endorsement that was up for grabs in that debate, which was organized by Crimefighters of Louisiana Inc. and mostly focused on public safety.
But in a letter sent to the group on Thursday, Lagasse, a three-term parish councilman, complained that the deck was stacked against him because the group’s media consultant was Yenni’s campaign manager, Greg Buisson.
Buisson said that he works with Crimefighters on a pro bono basis, and that he made no attempt to influence the group’s endorsement. Buisson added that other clients of his have vied for Crimefighters’ endorsement but have come up short.
Yenni, 39, and Lagasse, 75, are competing to succeed Jefferson Parish President John Young, who is running for lieutenant governor. Qualifying for the October 24 primary is Sept. 8-10.