Louisiana’s First Congressional District Candidates to come to Tulane for panel discussion

Courtesy of Tulane University Women in Politics

Tulane sophomore Sarah Tatarski and Women in Politics will host a Congressional Candidates Panel on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel.

The panel will consist of four of the six First Congressional District candidates who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the upcoming election. The candidates, three of whom are Democrats and the other Libertarian, are set to face off against Republican incumbent Steve Scalise this fall.

Originally, the event was set to only feature Democratic candidate Tammy Savoie. According to Tatarski, however, the four-person panel is actually more constructive.

“I think it is more beneficial because instead of just one candidate, everyone can see all of them at once and just get educated about their platforms and such,” Tatarski said.

The first half of the event will be a round of questions prepared by the executive board of WIP and Tatarski for the candidates. The questions will cover a variety of topics including Louisiana environmental issues, gun control and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh’s effect on reproductive rights.

After the period of questions, the event will then transition into a town hall in which the public can ask direct questions to the candidates.

Following the panel, the audience will also get the opportunity to meet each candidate individually. There will also be a voter registration table in which the community can ask any voting-related questions as well.

According to Tatarski, the event is important because it gets students informed about the affairs happening in their community.

“I’m also from New Orleans, so it means a lot to me personally to get students educated,” Tatarski said. “With this political climate, everyone wants to be educated, especially [on] local politics too, not just what’s going on at their home or not just nationally.”

The Congressional Panel will be from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information regarding the event, contact Sarah Tatarski at [email protected].

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