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Five candidates to participate in Southern University’s gubernatorial forum Tuesday

The Southern University System will host a virtual forum featuring leading candidates for Louisiana governor on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The forum will be streamed live at 6-7:30 p.m. at and official university social media accounts. Gubernatorial candidates who have confirmed participation are Sen. Sharon Hewitt, attorney Hunter Lundy, Rep. Richard Nelson, former Louisiana Association of Business and Industry leader Stephen Waguespack, and former state secretary of transportation Shawn Wilson.

Moderating the forum will be student leaders from the four degree-granting campuses of the System — Southern University and A&M College, Southern University Law Center, Southern University at New Orleans, and Southern University Shreveport.

This public event is part of the ongoing nonpartisan SU Votes! initiative, which aims to educate and encourage communities to participate in the voting process at every level.

About the Southern University System

The Southern University System was created in 1974 by constitutional mandate, which fashioned it into the nation’s only historically black 1890 Land-Grant University System.  Presently, the System is composed of five institutions:  Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge (est. 1880), Southern University Law Center (est. 1947), Southern University at New Orleans (est. 1956), Southern University at Shreveport (est. 1964), and the Southern University Cooperative Extension Program (est. 1972), which became the fifth component of the System in 2001 and is now named Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.