Fourth Congressional District voters will get a chance to meet all of the candidates in a Sept. 15 meet-and-greet event sponsored by The Times and its media partner KTBS at Red River Brewing at 1200 Marshall St. in Shreveport.

The event is part of the “SBC Untapped: Networking with a Purpose at Red River Brewing” series.

“It’s a great chance to see how candidates interact and to make your own connection, and we’re excited to help pull this together for the community,” Times President Alan English said.

All eight candidates have confirmed their attendance.

They include: Dr. Trey Baucum, R-Shreveport; former Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Baton Rouge; Mark David Halverson, no party affiliation, Shreveport; Republican Shreveport City Councilman Oliver Jenkins; Rick John, R-Shreveport; state Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City; Marshall Jones, D-Shreveport; and Ken Krefft, no party affiliation, Shreveport.

USA Today Network of Louisiana political reporter Greg Hilburn will emcee the event, which will include a brief introduction and exchange, but the goal is for those attending to be able to speak with the candidates themselves in an informal setting.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with introductions to begin between 5:30-6 p.m. It will end at 7 p.m.

SBC Untapped: Networking with a Purpose is a social gathering held on the third Thursday of every month. The goal is to shed some light on the many organizations our city has to offer and facilitate connection between SBC professionals for their business and social networking needs. It is free and open to the public.

The election to replace Congressman John Fleming, R-Minden, who is giving up the seat to run for the U.S. Senate, is Nov. 8

by Greg Hilburn

via The Shreveport Times