Upcoming forums for New Orleans’ Mayoral and City Council candidates

Local election season is upon us, with primary elections for the Mayor’s office and seven City Council seats taking place on October 14 and general elections on November 18. In the following weeks, forums for the city’s political candidates are taking place across New Orleans as individuals and community groups press the candidates on issues including housing, economy, crime, environment, preservation, and much more.

Have your voice heard this election season, and make sure that you are informed about the candidates as you cast your ballot this fall. Learn more at these free, public forums to see where candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you.

Know of any other candidate forums that don’t appear on this list? E-mail us to let us know so we can update the list!


District C Candidate’s Forum

When: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Stallings Recreation Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave.

Host: Neighbors First for Bywater


Proud to Call it Home: Candidate Forum on Housing Issues

When: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte St.

Hosts: Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance, Providence Community Housing


French Quarter District C Candidate Forum 

When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 3:00-4:30pm

Where: St Marks United Methodist Church, 1130 N. Rampart St.

Hosts: French Quarter Citizens and Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates


Mayoral Forum: Candidate forum on the future of New Orleans’ Musicians

When: Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Carver Theatre,  2101 Orleans Ave.

Hosts: The Ella Project, OffBeat Media and The Recording Academy


Mayoral Energy Forum

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6-7:45 p.m.

Where: East New Orleans Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

Host: Alliance for Affordable Energy


District B Forum

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:00 p.m.

Where: St. George’s Church on St. Charles

Hosts: Bouligny Improvement Association, Touro Bouligny, Faubourg Marengo, Faubourg Delachaise, Garden District Association, Faubourg Avart


Mayoral Forum: Flood Risk and Adapting to a Changing Environment

When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Where: People’s Health Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Host: Urban Conservancy


Council District A Candidate Forum

When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave.

Hosts: Carrollton Area Network, Committee for a Better New Orleans, Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, Preservation Resource Center, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Uptown Messenger, The Lens


Algiers President’s Council District C Forum

When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Alice Harte Elementary 5300 Berkely Dr.

Host: Algiers Presidents Council, AEDF, Women Standing Up, InspireNOLA, League of Women Voters, Old Algiers Main Street


Millennials Matter: Mayoral Forum, with a performance by Big Freedia

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.

Host: MOVE Initiative


Lakeview District A Forum

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:00 a.m.

Where: St. Dominic Gymnasium, 6326 Memphis St. New Orleans

Host: Lakeview Civic Association


Mayoral Forum: Shaping a Livable Historic City

When: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Nunemaker Auditorium, floor 3 of Monroe Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Hosts: Preservation Resource Center, Louisiana Landmarks Society, Center for the Study of New Orleans and The Institute of Politics at Loyola University New Orleans


Council District E Candidate Forum

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: New Home Church, 13800 Haynes Blvd. 

Hosts: Step Up Louisiana, Ubuntu Village and Louisiana Working Families Party


City Council Energy Forum

When:  Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

Host: Alliance for Affordable Energy


Mayoral and City Council Forum

When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:00 p.m.

Where: People’s Health Jazz Market 1436 OC Haley Blvd.

Host: Forward New Orleans


District B Candidate Forum

When:  September 28, 6-8:00 p.m

Where: Conference Room of Crescent Care, 2601 Tulane Ave., 2nd floor

Hosts: Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Mid-City Messenger, Mid City Business Association, Preservation Resource Center