Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards was the guest of honor at a reception held at the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center Thursday, September 12. Political officials, candidates and citizens from Natchitoches and surrounding parishes filled the auditorium to hear from Governor Edwards, the mayor of New Orleans and the various candidates.
Students from Northwestern State University’s CAPA did a superb rendition of the National Anthem as the NCHS JROTC Color Guard brought the US and Louisiana flag to the stage. After the benediction, emcee, John E. Winston Sr., introduced NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio who briefly addressed the crowd.
Retiring Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones was honored with presentations by both Governor Edwards and Representative Kenny Cox commending him for his long years of service to the people of Natchitoches parish. Representative Cox then introduced the governor who gave an enthusiastically received speech about our state and his first term in office. He then introduced New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell who addressed the crowd asking them to help pass a constitutional measure for affordable housing.
The evening ended with candidates for State Senate, Representative and Parish President all making speeches as to why they should be the one worthy of your vote. The men and women of The Legacy Cafe did a terrifically tasty job catering the event.