Supreme Court candidates attend forum

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Supreme Court candidates were invited to speak to the crowd of nearly 300 at the atrium of the Baton Rouge General's Mid-City campus.

LSU Journalism professor Bob Mann hosted the event which lasted most of the day.

The candidates were given two minutes to introduce themselves and the questions lasted 90 seconds. The questions were submitted to the host prior to the event.

Four of the eight candidates for Louisiana Supreme Court District 5 were in attendance. Those attending were John Michael Guidry, D-Baton Rouge, Toni Higginbotham, R-Baton Rouge. Bill Morvant, R-Baton Rouge, Mary Olive Pierson, D-Baton Rouge, Jeff Sanford I-Baton Rouge.

Those who have qualified but did not attend were Jeff Hughes R-Walker, Tim Kelley, R-Baton Rouge, Duke Welch R-Baton Rouge. Higginbotham could not attend the forum as she was called away for a judicial matter

"I'm going to continue to work as a judge until justice rolls down like water and righteousness is a mighty stream!" bellowed John Guidry in a loud voice to the crowd. "It was a wonderful opportunity to speak with these senior citizens."

"I've been very active in state and local bar associations," says Bill Morvant. "I've been very pleased it's been a very clean and well run campaign."

"When I started this campaign I said I was the people's judge," says Mary Olive Pierson. "It has come to pass."

"I've been representing regular people for 20 years," says Jeff Sanford. "There is only one candidate in this race who really is representing the people and that's Jeff Sanford."

The Mayor's race completed the day's forum. The election is next Tuesday.

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