The talk of a possible debate between the two Lafayette Mayor-President candidates is being proposed.
Last week, KATC spoke with candidate Carlee Alm-Labar who accused her opponent Josh Guillory of avoiding any forum or debates prior to the upcoming runoff election. At the time, at least five groups had reached out to both Alm-LaBar and Guillory, but nothing was scheduled.
In a Facebook post, Alm-LaBar accused Guillory, saying, "He's turned them all down or been unable to find a date he can participate."
On Monday, October 28, Guillory sent out a number of proposed debates including one moderated by current Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. He also proposed a debate that would air on KPEL and KATC.
"I am looking forward to debating my opponent in the final week of this election so that voters have an opportunity to see and hear the candidates before going to the polls. I am proposing three debates, and have secured venues, along with a range of options for dates and times. I have made time to commit to all three debates, that feature new venues and entities that have not yet hosted forums or debates," Guillory said in a press release.
Alm-Labar has responded to those proposals.
"Happy to see that Josh has finally agreed to a debate. I look forward to talking in detail about my plan for Lafayette Parish. I hope he is ready to give voters more than “canned answers,” Alm-Labar said in a statement.
The "canned answers" Alm Labar is referencing is from a recent Advocate article in which Guillory stated that he didn't "know what one more hour of canned answers can give voters."
A date for a debate between the two candidates has not yet been set.