by Marion Marks
Lloyd Thompson, President of the local chapter of the NAACP reports at the media luncheon today that two of the leading candidates were No-Shows at today’s forum. Both Ollie Tyler and Patrick Williams were absent with no apparent excuse. Those in attendance were surprised at the No-Show status of two of the top three contenders according to the latest polling by KTBS 3 and The Shreveport Times.
The other two of the top four candidates, Victoria Provenza and Sam Jenkins were present and both made use of the time to speak about their plans for the city after mayor Cedric Glover fulfills his second term. Jenkins will not be present at tonight’s forum, as his polling numbers disqualified him according to the late rules.
Provenza expressed disappointment that Jenkins, who has never missed an opportunity to speak at a forum, was not invited. Provenza has also been a participant at every forum when invited. Jenkins held a news conference with his supporters demanding inclusion.
The Tuesday night forum will be at Centenary College and will be limited in live seating. However, the forum will be taped and streaming online at KTBS.com and LIVE on KPXJ.
What: Shreveport Mayoral Forum
When: Tuesday, October 28, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Kilpatrick Auditorium