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La. State Senate District 14 Debate (2019)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-09-30

Duration: 00:41:16

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Elections, 2019 | Louisiana. Legislature | Fields, Cleo | Smith, Patricia Haynes | Politics | Television debates


  • Taylor, Delia Moderator
  • Smith, Pat Speaker
  • Fields, Cleo Speaker


Delia Taylor moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on September 30, 2019, between the two candidates for Louisiana State Senate District 14, State Representative Pat Smith (D) and former State Senator Cleo Fields (D). The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: their relationship with Governor John Bel Edwards; licensing hair braiding; whether Fields lives in the district; whether the Legislature should be in charge of redistricting; the most significant legislative actions of their careers; water use and the ownership of water right-of-ways; charter schools; opening up the MFP funding for K-12 education; phasing out the .45 of cent sales tax that was renewed in 2018; character and integrity; Medicaid fraud; and bringing together the Capital region delegation. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.