Three of four candidates for lieutenant governor — including Jefferson Parish President John Young — participated in a forum recorded in Metairie last week, and residents will be able to watch it on WLAE-TV at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Organized by the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association, the forum “offers voters the first introduction to those vying for the state’s second-highest office ... and represents the kickoff to the campaign season for the office of (lieutenant governor),” spokesman Bill Langkopp said.
Young, former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden all showed up to the forum moderated by retired WDSU-TV newscaster Norman Robinson, which was taped at WLAE-TV’s studios on North Causeway Boulevard on March 11, Langkopp said. A fourth candidate for lieutenant governor, State Sen. Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas), had committed to taking part in the forum but did not make it to the event, said Langkopp, the executive vice president of the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association.
Langkopp said Guillory’s office called that morning but didn’t leave a message after the call went unanswered. Organizers got the answering machine when they called Guillory back, Langkopp said.
Guillory on Monday issued a statement restating that he intends to run in the Oct. 24 primary election despite news reports that his campaign funds are depleted.
Both Republicans, Nungesser and Young reported having $2.1 million and $1.8 million for their campaigns, respectively. Holden, a Democrat, reported that he did not raise money to campaign for lieutenant governor in 2014.