Huge turnout for Coffee with the Candidates event

By Paige Nash

There was a great turnout yesterday (Wednesday) morning for the “Coffee with the Candidates” event put together by the Greater Minden Chamber and hosted by the Webster Parish Council on Aging.

  Candidates running for Minden Mayor, School Board, City Council, Chief of Police, and U.S. Senate were in attendance. The room was abuzz with conversations taking place between the political hopefuls, community leaders and concerned residents.  

“We would like to thank the Webster Parish Council on Aging for partnering with us to host this event. We enjoy being able to spotlight their facility and bring awareness to all the great things they do. We would also like to thank the candidates who attended our meet and greet,” said Greater Minden Chamber President, Stephanie Barnette. “We used this as an opportunity for the public to get to know each candidate in a casual, informal setting. This morning was great, we even had a US Senate candidate drive four hours to attend and meet our community members.” 

While this was more of an informal, “come and go” as you please event, it was a wonderful way for the candidates to mingle and plead their case over coffee and refreshments. Although a more formal gathering is on the horizon.  

In the month of October, the Chamber will be hosting a political forum at the Northwest Technical Community College located at 9500 Industrial Drive in Minden. The forum is being sponsored by the college along with the Webster Parish Journal, Minden Press-Herald, KASO/KBEF Radio and the City of Minden.  

On the 10th the candidates for Minden Mayor and those running to fill seats on the School Board for Districts 4, 6, and 8 will gather at 6 p.m. at Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College. 

The two Chief of Police candidates and all Minden City Council contenders will be debating on the 17th at 6 p.m.  

“We have received a good number of questions from the public in regard to our upcoming forums. If you have a question, you have been wanting an answer to, please ask it. We are accepting questions for each race – mayor, police chief, city council and school board. All questions come to us anonymously, we cannot see who submits them,” said Barnette. 

The doors will be open to the public and live streamed on the Greater Minden Chamber Facebook live for those who cannot attend in person. If you have a question that you would like to ask one or more of the candidates, you can submit it at the following link. 

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