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St. Landry chamber to host month-long candidate forum, focused on business

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 16:29:52-04

The St. Landry Parish Chamber of Commerce is providing the chance for local businesses to question candidates in the upcoming general election.

The chamber says that members are encouraged to submit their business minded questions, targeted at six major races facing the parish.

Candidates for District Attorney, Opelousas Marshall, Eunice Marshall, City Judge, Division C Judge and Washington Mayor have been invited to participate in the forum. The written forum will begin the first week of September and run through the beginning of October.

The candidates will be given the chance to provide accurate and transparent answers to their constituents during that time.

“During this time of uncertainty, we believe the business community should have the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask the tough questions about the current issues they face directly to candidates before election day,” said Raquel Manuel, President & CEO of the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber prioritizes helping business succeed in the parish which includes having the voices of the business community heard on the various levels of government & policy.”

The Chamber says it has canvassed the community for questions that directly affect businesses to ensure the candidates will receive a range of diverse but related questions. Chamber members are encouraged to submit all questions online. Candidates are expected answer those questions in the following weeks.

The new format of the political forum is one way the St. Landry Chamber shows its adaptability in this time of much needed social distancing. During the pandemic the Chamber insists on keeping the community informed and prepared by constantly modernizing and providing quality programming.

“It is our responsibility as leaders in the parish to provide opportunities like this to business owners,” said Raquella Manuel, CEO of the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce. “This forum represents the diverse voices that make up all of St. Landry Parish, especially in businesses, we are thrilled to host this informative forum and expect the community to have a better understanding of the candidates before the election.”

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