Updated: Sep 7
Baton Rouge, Louisiana— Like the LLBC, the Urban League of Louisiana has advocated for Black and underrepresented communities throughout Louisiana and America for decades.
So, as a host to Louisiana's first gubernatorial debate, it is disappointing for any gubernatorial candidate to formally dismiss their participation in the debate simply because of the work the Urban League of Louisiana has proudly exhibited in their advocacy for the underrepresented, said State Representative Vincent J. Pierre, outgoing Chairman for the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC).
Chairman Pierre says, "While some may try to say otherwise, the role of governor DOES NOT represent just a few; it is a position that is representative of all who make Louisiana the unique melting pot it is.
The people of Louisiana deserve accountability from any candidate vying for the top position to lead our great state. Our entire membership of 37 elected legislators feels that true leadership shows up and embraces accountability. It faces the tough questions; It's not left. It's not right. It is leadership and service showing governance for all on a sturdy display.
Louisiana, take note of the accountability, lack thereof, and who is being dismissed as not important enough to engage in adult conversation on issues that will affect all of us, on display at next week's debate. Louisiana deserves the best, and sitting out the first debate because you disagree with some policies a group advocates for is very telling.