Voters’ voices heard at KEDM forum

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Voters’ voices heard at KEDM forum

Kaitlin Maness, [email protected]

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ULM’s radio station, 90.3 KEDM, hosted a forum for the public to find out where Louisiana’s senate candidates stand on different political topics. Candidates from districts 32, 33 and 35 were asked questions by KEDM’s news director and morning show host, Corey Crowe. Each candidate was given one minute to answer Crowe.
At the sound of a bell, they were expected to stop talking. Rebuttals and arguments were not allowed among candidates and all audience questions or statements were to be held until the end of the event. Then, people were allowed to approach candidates and ask them their own questions face-to-face.
ULM President Nick Bruno said he believes the forum would allow people who attended to make wiser, more informed decisions for elections in Oct. The one-on-one experience with a candidate would help people who participated choose which person was a better option for their idea of Louisiana.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone to know a little bit about these candidates and make wise decisions in Oct. and then again in Nov. presumably,” Bruno said.
Student Government Association president, Olivia Bailey, urged everyone at the event to register to vote for the state elections. She explained how and where people could register quickly.
“You can find out more by downloading the Go Vote app or visiting the voterportal.sos.la.gov,” Bailey said.
On Tuesday, KEDM will be helping students register to vote outside of Starbucks on Tuesday.
KEDM broadcasted the forum live on their radio station, KEDM.org and Facebook Live. The event’s live streams were then archived onto KEDM’s website.
A second forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 in ULM’s Conference Center on the seventh floor of the library to give the public a chance to discuss policies with the Louisiana House of Representative candidates from districts 15 and 16.
Then, another will be held at 6 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center on Sept. 17 for parish-wide races only.