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Lora Hammons
Teacher, Ruston High School

Lora Hammons is a teacher of English I and English II at Ruston High School. She has been at Ruston High School since the 1999-2000 school year. Hammons has been a teacher in the Freshmen Academy at RHS since its inception in 2008-09. Before teaching at RHS, she taught at Dubach High School and Mt. Vernon (TX) Junior High School.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1987. She holds certification in English, journalism, and library science.

She was the Ruston High School teacher of the year in 2007-08.

Lora Hammons has four children: Hayden, a senior at LSU majoring in history; Ross, a junior at LSU majoring in political science; John Cullen, a senior at RHS; and Mary Conly a senior at RHS.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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