Inform Your Vote - CRCL to Host Coastal Issues Forum

Louisiana is facing a land loss crisis that threatens our culture, way of life and economic security. This problem is not only a state and local issue but a national one as well.

To highlight the importance of these critical issues, we are hosting a Coastal Issues Forum for candidates in the 3rd Congressional District at the Central School Auditorium in Lake Charles, LA on Oct. 18, 2018, at 6:00 pm. We have invited the top five candidates in the race for the 3rd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Clay Higgins. This will be the first Congressional forum that deals exclusively with coastal issues.

We included all candidates that raised any money for the election based on Federal Election Commission filings as of August 31, 2018. We have commitments from Rob Anderson, Josh Guillory, Judge Mildred “Mimi” Methvin, and Larry Rader. We are hopeful that Rep. Higgins will join us as well.

This is CRCL’s fourth Coastal Issues Forum. Our first one was in 2015 for the Gubernatorial race held at Nicholls State University. We held a U.S. Senate forum in 2016 at LSU, and we held a New Orleans Mayoral Debate last year. They were great successes with hundreds of attendees and widespread media coverage. We expect this forum to be no different.

“Coastal restoration and protection issues are critically important. Voters need to know where the candidates stand on these issues,” said Kimberly Davis Reyher, CRCL’s Executive Director. “The people of southwest Louisiana want to continue to live, work and play on the coast. Making this possible will require unprecedented leadership, coordination, and political resolve.”

We will examine the major topics that our representative in the 3rd District will have to address in Congress to help Louisiana’s coastal crisis -- how to secure funding for critical restoration projects, how to streamline the federal bureaucracy so that we can move more quickly to preserve our coast, and how to best ensure protection for homes and businesses from storm flooding.

We are working with a wide array of partners who endorse the importance of this conversation: America’s WETLAND Foundation; Audubon Louisiana; Cameron Parish Police Jury; Cameron Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal District; CCA of Louisiana; Center for Planning Excellence; Coast Builders Coalition; Council for a Better Louisiana; Ducks Unlimited; Foundation for Louisiana; Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce; Lake Charles River Pilots’ Association; Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; Louisiana Landowners Association; Louisiana Wildlife Federation; Public Affairs Research Council; Restore or Retreat; Restore the Mississippi River Delta; Stream Wetland Services; South Central Industrial Association; South Louisiana Economic Council; The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance; The Water Institute of the Gulf; Vanishing Paradise; and We Women.

Louisiana is a coastal state, and the 3rd Congressional District, without question, is a coastal district. You don’t want to miss this important forum. We hope you can make it to the Central School Auditorium on Oct. 18 at 6:00 pm, but if not, there are plenty of other ways to watch and listen. The Forum will be streamed live at It will also air live in the Lafayette area on KPEL-96.5 FM. It will air tape delayed on Suddenlink Channel. 8 in Lake Charles and on KWBJ-TV in Morgan City. For dates and times visit

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