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La. State Senate District 15 Debate (2019)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-10-7

Duration: 00:51:47

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Politics | Television debates | Elections, 2019 | Louisiana. Legislature | Barrow, Regina Ashford


  • McCalope, Michelle Moderator
  • Barrow, Regina Speaker
  • Chambers, Gary Speaker


Michelle McCalope moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on October 7, 2019, between the two candidates for Louisiana State Senate District 15, State Senator Regina Barrow (D) and Gary Chambers (D). The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: economic development in north Baton Rouge; phasing out the .45 of cent sales tax that was renewed in 2018; eliminating the licensing requirement for hair braiding; supporting a constitutional convention; whether the mainstream media has been fair to all gubernatorial candidates; improving education; eliminating the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); Medicaid fraud; land and conservation rights; legalizing recreational marijuana; gun control; the City of St. George incorporation effort; Governor John Bel Edwards’ handling of the sexual harassment claims against his aide Johnny Anderson; tax reform; and the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP). The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.