The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3750 West St. Charles announced this week it will host a Community Open Forum event featuring many of this year’s St. Charles Parish political candidates at its location on 140 Angus Drive in Luling Tuesday, September 26, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Admission is free to the public, with organizers offering the event to registered St. Charles Parish voters as a way for locals to hear from most of the local political candidates ahead of the upcoming October election. The forum will begin 30 minutes after doors open.
“We’ve got a lot of races this year, and a lot of [this year’s] candidates will be there,” Bobby Lovergne, VFW Post 3750 Commander, said. “So, bring your questions and get them answered before the election starts.”
As in the past two Community Open Forums the VFW Post 3750 has sponsored, political candidates will each be given a set time to speak on their platform, later followed by question-and-answer periods where residents can submit questions to be answered by the candidates. To avoid redundancy, this year residents will be asked to submit their questions via written form to an event moderator, who will then compile questions and pass them along to the candidates to be answered.
Lovergne mentioned most of the candidates in this year’s contested races have already confirmed attendance, including Parish President Matthew Jewell and challenger Dwayne LaGrange, two of the Clerk of Court candidates including incumbent Lance Marino and challenger Nicky Dufrene, along with many of the various council member and council-at-large candidates from across the parish.
Seating capacity of the venue is around 220 with available seats offered on a first-come, first-served basis, while concessions will be sold via a refreshment stand.
“It’s free to attend,” Lovergne said. “It’s a community service, to give everyone a better picture of who they are voting for and why they are voting for them.”