TODAY: La. gubernatorial candidates to speak at Baton Rouge forum


Two Republicans vying for Louisiana’s top political office will lay out their policy stances Thursday.

Gubernatorial candidates U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone will take the stage at the Capitol Hilton in Baton Rouge. The Pelican Institute for Public Policy, a pro-free market think tank​​​​​, is sponsoring the summit.​

The hopefuls are expected to detail their platforms regarding taxes, spending and employment.

Everyday folks around the state want to know how we’re going to make our lives better, Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer told How are we going to make our lives better? How are we going to bring jobs back that work for everyone?

So far, Abraham and Rispone are the only two Republicans looking to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who took office in 2016.

Edwards was invited to Thursday’s forum. His campaign staffers said he will not attend, citing a previously scheduled event in New Orleans.

Louisiana voters will cast their gubernatorial ballots during the Oct. 12 primary. If no candidate wins a majority, the state will hold a run-off Nov. 16.

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