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Thibodaux forum to focus on U.S. Senate race

Thibodaux forum to focus on U.S. Senate race

Learn about some of the candidates vying to become Louisiana's next U.S. senator during a forum Sept. 15 in Thibodaux.

Scheduled for 6 p.m. in Peltier Auditorium on the Nicholls State campus, it's sponsored by the Thibodaux and Lafourche chambers of commerce and the university's Student Government Association.

Candidates will field questions from panelists with expertise in areas of wide local interest, such as coastal restoration, the oilfield and agriculture.

With two dozen candidates in the Senate race, organizers decided to limit the number participating to four who met criteria that the groups felt are important to their members and area voters.

Those candidates invited are:

-- U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette.

-- Democrat Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans attorney.

-- State Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican.

-- Foster Campbell, a Shreveport Democrat and member of the Public Service Commission, a state board that regulates utilities.

They are vying in the Nov. 8 election to replace retiring Republican Sen. David Vitter. If no candidate receives more than half the vote in the primary, the top two finishers will compete in a runoff Dec. 10.

Voters who haven't already done so much register by Oct. 11 to cast ballots in the election, which also includes the race for U.S. president.