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Reverend Jesus M. Gonzales
Pastor of the Monte de los Olivos Lutheran Church in Metairie

The Rev. Jesus M. Gonzales serves as Associate Pastor of Hispanic Ministry and community Outreach at St. John Lutheran in Metairie, Louisiana. He received the Yes! Literacy Leader Award in 1999 from the YMCA Educational Services of the Greater New Orleans area. Rev. Gonzales helped the YMCA start ESL (English as Second Language) classes in New Orleans and Metairie. In 2000, he received an award from the Young Christian Entrepreneurs, a group which helps young people learn skills to start their own businesses.

Rev. Gonzales received an associate degree from Odessa College in 1975, and then worked in the oil field in Monahans and later for Gulf Oil as senior supervisor. After attending a Texas District convention in 1980, he felt led by God to go into Hispanic Ministry.

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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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