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Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Candidate Forum to be held at LPSO Public

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The public is invited to attend a “Lafayette Parish Sheriff Candidate Issues Forum”. This moderated forum is part of a continuing series of events discussing the complex issues facing our community and our criminal justice system. 
The non-partisan forum featuring announced candidates for the office of Sheriff of Lafayette Parish will be held at 12:00 pm, Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex, 1825 W Willow Street.  The event is free to the public, and a light lunch will be served. All four announced candidates have agreed to attend. They are Rick Chargois, Mark Garber, Chad Leger, and John Rogers.
The forum will give citizens of the parish an opportunity to hear the candidate’s specific views on a variety of important local criminal justice and public safety issues. Questions at the forum will deal primarily with the views on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office current strategy and specific changes they would make if elected. Dr. Pearson Cross, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, will be moderator for the forum.  He is a frequent commentator on political issues at the national, state and local levels. Questions for the forum will be solicited from the media in advance and formulated by Dr. Cross. Questions will be geared at getting the candidates to be specific about how they see their role and the agency’s role in our criminal justice system.    
The outcome of this election will have great impact on our fast growing community. Knowing and understanding what the candidates see as the role of the sheriff in the sixth largest parish in Louisiana is important. This event is being held as a public service to voters of Lafayette Parish. All are welcome.


Members of the media can submit questions they would like considered for presentation to the candidates at the forum. Send your questions to Dr. Cross via email at  gpc6003@louisiana.edu no less than two weeks prior to the event. 

Julio Naudin
Communication Coordinator