2023 Coastal Issues Gubernatorial Forum
ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS
June 2 – 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana will host a Coastal Issues Candidate Forum for gubernatorial candidates on June 2, with the major contenders answering questions about coastal land loss and the state’s restoration program and plans. The forum, which is open to the public, will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans at the conclusion of the State of the Coast conference.
The gubernatorial candidate forum is the latest in a series of candidate forums hosted by CRCL, the first statewide nonprofit dedicated to confronting coastal land loss in Louisiana. The following candidates have confirmed they will participate: state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, Hunter Lundy, state Rep. Richard Nelson, Stephen Waguespack and Shawn Wilson. The forum will be live-streamed.
Recent polling conducted by Global Strategy Group indicates that support for large-scale coastal restoration is growing across the state and that voters are more likely to support candidates who embrace bold action to restore and protect Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
The Coastal Issues Candidate Forum will be modeled on the forum CRCL hosted for gubernatorial candidates in 2015. Information on that forum and other candidate forums can be found on CRCL’s website. CRCL, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, does not endorse candidates for office.
The forum will be open to media as well as members of the public. As many as 700 people are expected to attend. The forum will be promoted to State of the Coast participants, but registration at the conference is not required to attend the forum. The conference, which begins on May 31, is hosted by CRCL along with the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, The Water Institute of the Gulf and Louisiana Sea Grant.
The primary in the Louisiana gubernatorial election is scheduled for Oct. 14.