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Lawrence C. St. Blanc
Executive Secretary of the Louisiana Public Service Commission

Lawrence C. St. Blanc has served as Executive Secretary of the Louisiana Public Service Commission since 1995. The Public Service Commission was constitutionally created to oversee the regulation of public utilities and common carriers statewide. Mr. St. Blanc advises the Commission as a public body, as well as the five elected commissioners and their executive staff. He also serves as liaison between the public utilities/common carriers and the Commissioners and their staff as well as custodian of public records. Prior to his current position, Mr. St. Blanc was Executive Assistant to then Commissioner Kathleen Blanco. St. Blanc has a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Science Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has also been a University Professor with Southwestern Louisiana University and a teacher in the St. Mary Parish School System.

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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.

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

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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