Gubernatorial Campaign Strategists & Politicos to Discuss 2019 Louisiana Elections at LSU Manship School, Louisiana Public Broadcasting Event

November 15, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – All three major Louisiana gubernatorial campaigns will discuss the strategies they employed during the 2019 election for governor during a post-election event Wednesday, Nov. 20 hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication in partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

“Reflections on Election 2019,” will evaluate both the gubernatorial and legislative elections. Two panel discussions are scheduled. “Behind the Scenes: The 2019 Gubernatorial Campaign,” will bring together political strategists from each campaign to discuss the planning and decisions meant to help their candidate win and will also evaluate what the election’s outcome might mean moving into the 2020 presidential election. The second panel, “The Future of the Louisiana Legislature,” will include state politicos and a former Louisiana legislator who will examine the implications of the substantial turnover in the Louisiana State Legislature, and what it will mean for the future of the state.

Confirmed panelists include:

Behind the Scenes: The 2019 Gubernatorial Campaign

  • Natasha Williams, LPB news anchor and reporter
  • Richard Carbo, campaign manager, John Bel for Louisiana
  • Jared Arsement, media consultant, John Bel for Louisiana
  • Bryan Reed, campaign manager, Eddie Rispone for Governor
  • Luke Letlow, chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham
  • Lionel Rainey, general consultant, Ralph Abraham for Governor

The Future of the Louisiana Legislature

  • Melinda Deslatte, correspondent, The Associated Press
  • Senator John Alario Jr., Louisiana State Senate
  • Jeremy Alford, publisher and editor of LaPolitics Weekly
  • Representative Paula Davis, Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Liz Mangham, managing partner, Southern Strategy Group
  • Representative Pat Smith, Louisiana House of Representatives

The event is scheduled for Nov. 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Manship School’s Journalism Building at 144 Field House Drive on the campus of Louisiana State University. Admission is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reserve your seat here by COB Monday, Nov. 18. Louisiana Public Broadcasting will broadcast the event statewide on LPB and WLAE (in New Orleans) Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. on its monthly series Louisiana Public Square. The event can also be livestreamed on the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

Parking is available at the Union Square Garage, which can be accessed on East Campus Drive. Visitor parking is available on the second, third, and fourth floors of the garage for $1.50 per hour on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree.

About Louisiana Public Broadcasting Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs.