Mayoral Candidates Address Music Policy, Several Forums to Follow

As the race for Mayor approaches its end, residents have several opportunities to learn more about the candidates running for the position. On Monday, September 11th, one of several Mayoral forums as held at the Carver Theater in Treme’. 
Held in the Epicenter of Music, this Mayoral forum addressed music and cultural policy. Lolis Eric Elie moderated the event. Cultural Journalist Larry Blumenfeld; Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club Co-Founder Fred Johnson, Publisher of Offbeat and DJ Soul Sister/Melissa Weber posed questions to the eight candidates in attendance. 
 
“Discussion tonight will be an opportunity for candidates to express their ideas on the issues,” Elie said at the start of the forum. “We’re not interested in personal stories. We’re interested in policies.”
 
The candidates discussed potential revisions to policies that directly affect musicians in the City, particularly entertainers in French Quarter neighborhoods. Several questions brought attention to short-term rentals, gentrification, parking costs, and discovering new ways to unite and protect performers.
 
Candidates in attendance include LaToya Cantrell, Desiree M. Charbonnet, Tommie Vassel, Troy Henry, Frank Scurlock, Edward Bruski, Byron Stephan Cole, and Derrick Martin.
 
Several other forms addressing city-wide concerns will be held throughout the month of September.
  
Mayoral Forum on Flood Risk and Environmental Adaptation
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14th 
Where: New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
 
MOVE Initiative Mayoral Forum
When: 8 p.m. Friday, September 15th 
Where: Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.
 
Mayoral Forum
When: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19th 
Where: Loyola University Nunemaker Auditorium, 6363 St. Charles Ave, 3rd floor
 
Mayoral Forum: Economic Development on South Broad
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.Thursday, September 21st 
Where: Rhodes Pavilion, 3933 Washington Ave.
 
Mayoral Forum
When: 3:30 to 6 p.m.Saturday, September 23rd  
Where: New Home Family Worship Center, 13800 Hayne Blvd.
 
Mayoral Candidates’ Forum
When: 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, September 26th 
Where: Xavier University Center, Drexel Drive

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