Natchitoches’ First Baptist Church on Amulet hosted a candidate and voters’ forum at the church Thursday, September 27th. Over 30 community members had an opportunity to meet with Natchitoches Parish School Board candidates as well as Ryan Trundle, the Democrat running for the Congressional seat currently held by Republican Mike Johnson. Each candidate gave a 5 minute talk on their plans for the office should they win and fielded questions from the audience.
The following school board candidates attended the program: Rhonda Guidroz, Dist 1, Carla Rachal, Dist 1, Tan’Keia Palmer, Dist 2, Thurman Baptiste, Dist 2, Katrina Demars, Dist 3, Dorothy McCaskey, Dist 3, Phil Brown, Dist 4, Elvin Shields, Dist 6, Steven Harris, Dist 8, Emile Metoyer Dist 11. Congressional candidate Ryan Trundle also spoke. City council members Sylvia Morrow and Lawrence Batiste were also present as was Dist 3 school board member Ralph Wilson who did not speak as he is not running for reelection.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to commend Rev Thomas Carter and the congregation of the First Baptist Church on Amulet for hosting the forum. The upcoming school board election is critical to the future of our parish and it is a good thing for the public to hear from those who would lead the system.