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The candidates running for mayor of Monroe faced off at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce / KEDM Meet The Candidates Forum. The event was held on February 10 at the Monroe Convention Center. A standing room only crowd was in attendance and the event was aired on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio. 

A second Candidate Forum for candidates who have qualified for Monroe City Council seats will be held on Monday, February 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center.

The forums are free and open to the public and media.

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President Donald Trump worked up a sweat in a steamy Louisiana arena Wednesday night as he attempted to boost Republican businessman Eddie Rispone's effort to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the nation's last governor's race of the year.

 "It may be 120 degrees in this room," Trump told the crowd at the end of a rally in the northeastern Louisiana city of Monroe. 

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Just days before the start of early voting, Gov. John Bel Edwards' Republican opponents struck at his hallmark achievements Monday in hopes of keeping the Democratic incumbent from outright victory in an election less than three weeks away.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor continued to defend his record and suggested that U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone were trying to divide Louisiana residents into the partisan lines of Washington as they seek to force him into a runoff from the Oct. 12 election.

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Senate candidates visited the University of Louisiana Monroe on Thursday night for the first of three KEDM political forums.  Jim Fannin, Jay Morris, and Matt Parker spoke with forum moderator Cory Crowe.

The forums are an opportunity for residents, business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates. Forums are broadcast live on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio, KEDM.org and Facebook Live; and archived at KEDM.org. 

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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Ralph Abraham made spending promises to sheriffs Thursday while offering diverging tax pitches to mayors and municipal leaders, as the pair traveled to campaign forums on opposite ends of Louisiana seeking to woo local officials' support in the governor's race.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham grabbed 180 votes and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone grabbed 94 votes at Saturday’s Southwest Louisiana Republican’s “Iowa Governor’s race straw poll”.

UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Abraham has to be feeling good about the results, and it appears the Congressman is solidifying his frontrunner status.

Cross says, "Having that 2 to 1 over prominent republicans lead is ensuring him that his message is reaching who he wants."

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KEDM and the Strelington Chamber of Commerce teamed up to present a candidate forum. The event featured the candidates for Aldermen, Police Chief, and Mayor. A large crowd gathered at the Sterlington Middle School to learn more about the vision, leadership qualities, and issues facing the town. 

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KEDM met with the candidates for Ouachita Parish and Monroe City School Boards. The public forum was held at the Monroe Civic Center on October 9.  

It was hosted by the Monroe and West Monroe - West Ouachita Chambers of Commerce and KEDM Public Radio. It was moderated by KEDM News Director Cory Crowe and ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley.