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Voters to participate in gubernatorial run-off

This item originally appeared in the Nov. 6, 2003, issue of The Tech Talk.

Next Saturday, Louisiana citizens are once again called to the polls when Democrat Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and Republican Bobby Jindal faceoff in the 2003 gubernatorial run-off election.

The Tech Talk would like to inform voters about each candidate so they can choose the one they see most fit for office.

Blanco, 62, is a resident of Lafayette Parish and a business education graduate from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

She completes her second term as lieutenant governor at the end of this year. She also worked in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Blanco was chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission in 1993 and 1994 and vice-chairman from 1991-92.

She served in the Louisiana State House of Representatives from 1984-88.

According to Blanco's formal announcement to run for governor, she plans to work to bring manufacturers, technology companies and other high -paying, quality jobs of the future, like those in biotechnology, to our state.

Jindal, 32, was born and raised in Baton Rouge and graduated from Brown University with degrees in biology and public policy.

He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the position of assistant secretary for planning and evaluation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served as health policy adviser to the Bush Administration in 2001.

Jindal also served as president of the University of Louisiana System.

In 1998 Jindal was named executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. From 1996 until he was named director, he was the Louisiana secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

According to the Council for a Better Louisiana Web site, Jindal said his "'Bold New Vision for Louisiana' includes specific plans for creating jobs, improving our children's academic achievement, reforming our state healthcare system, saving our coast from the Gulf of Mexico, defending the role of faith and values in Louisiana and making our state government more efficient and ethical."

In the primary election held Oct. 4, Blanco brought in 18 percent of the total votes and Jindal came away with 33 percent. Only 49 percent of registered voters exercised their democratic right to vote in the primary election.

The Tech Talk would like to encourage all of its readers to help raise this percentage as well as educate themselves further on each candidate.

Go to the polls on Nov. 15 and do your part in choosing the next governor of Louisiana.

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