Press Club will host forum for gubernatorial candidates on Monday, Sept. 23

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who is running for re-election, and one of his Republican opponents, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, have agreed to appear at a Press Club of Baton Rouge forum for gubernatorial candidates on Monday, Sept. 23. The other challenger, businessman Eddie Rispone, has been invited. The forum will begin at noon and conclude at 1 p.m. Early voting begins Sept. 28; the primary election is Oct. 12. Press Club meets on Mondays in the East and West Baton Rouge Room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, which is located at 102 France St. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.