The candidates in the Nov. 19 runoff for the state House of Representatives District 44 seat will square off in a debate Monday on the UL campus. Dr. Robert Buckman, professor of journalism, confirmed the debate in a Friday press release.

Incumbent Rep. Rickey Hardy will debate challenger Vincent Pierre at 1 p.m. in Room 241 of Burke-Hawthorne Hall. A panel of local journalists including The Ind’s Emily Henagan will question the candidates.

Hardy garnered 43 percent of the vote to Pierre’s 40 percent in the three-person primary Oct. 22. The third candidate, attorney Roshell Jones, received 17 percent. Jones has since endorsed Hardy for re-election. A former member of the Lafayette Parish School Board, Hardy is seeking a second term in Baton Rouge.

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