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Baton Rouge Mayoral Forum, Primary (2020)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-10-05

Duration: 01:09:22

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Politics | Elections, 2020 | Baton Rouge mayoral election, 2020 | Television debates | Broome, Sharon Weston | Carter, Stephen F.


  • Engster, Jim Moderator
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Panelist
  • Carter, Steve Panelist
  • Guirard, E. Eric Panelist
  • Marcellle, C. Denise Panelist
  • Piazza, Jordan Panelist
  • Watson, Matt Panelist


Jim Engster moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on October 5, 2020, between six candidates for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish: Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, the incumbent; former State Representative Steve Carter; attorney E. Eric Guirard; State Representative C. Denise Marcelle; businessman Jordan Piazza; and Metro Councilman Matt Watson. The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: the incorporation of the City of St. George; managing the COVID-19 pandemic; revisiting the discussion on the tolerance resolution; their plan for reducing crime; and the biggest impediment to racial understanding in the parish. The candidates then ask another candidate a question. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.