Ian Somerhalder, the broodingly handsome Covington native and TV actor, will lend a touch of Hollywood glitz to a public forum hosted by the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany on Monday.
The recently married Somerhalder and the activist group have found common cause before: He has spoken on social media and in person against a plan by a New Orleans company to drill an oil well on a wooded tract near Lakeshore High School. Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany also opposes the plan.
Somerhalder is a veteran environmental and animal welfare activist and founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to help promote those causes. He also waded into a couple of St. Tammany political races last year, posting photos and messages on Instagram backing Alan Black for district attorney and supporting judicial candidate Nanine McCool.
The “Vampire Diaries” star is listed as the guest speaker at Monday’s meeting, when the group will get updates on a number of topics, including its fundraising and membership efforts as well as claims of corruption in St. Tammany Parish.
Andrew Jacoby, an attorney handling the group’s legal challenge to the planned fracking well, will give a presentation on the status of that lawsuit.
The forum will be held at the Abita Springs Town Hall. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., but the doors will open at 6 p.m. A jambalaya dinner will be available for purchase.
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