Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Candidates Square Off at Chamber of Commerce Forum

By Kevin Shannahan

A group of over 50 concerned citizens were joined by an internet audience in watching tonight’s sheriff’s candidate forum Wednesday, September 25 at NSU’s Magale Auditorium. The forum was sponsored by the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce. Members of NSU’s Student Government Association assisted with the event set up, ushering and timekeeping. Chamber president Laura Lyles emceed the evening’s program. Each candidate was allowed a 3 minute introduction, after which they each answered questions from the chamber and from audience members. The candidates answered questions on detention center funding, the Happy Tails program, the reserve deputy program, the challenges facing the parish and the sheriff’s office and how they planned to address them should they be the one elected.

Running for the office of Sheriff of Natchitoches Parish are, in alphabetical order: Steve Pezant, Steve Rachal and Stuart Wright. There will be another chamber of Commerce candidate forum Thursday, September 26 at NSU’s Magale Auditorium for those running for Natchitoches Parish President. It will likewise be broadcast over the internet.

These forums are an excellent opportunity to meet and evaluate the men and women hoping to earn your vote. Take advantage and come out to meet them and hear what they have to say in response to your questions. Make you voice heard and your vote count!