As millions around the nation watched the results of the historic 2018 midterms election season, a quaint gathering of city and state politicians, community advocates and young urban business professionals convened at the bar and lounge of Hotel Indigo on the evening of November 6 to take in the projections and talk about the impact of the newly elected candidates. Hosted by Louisiana state representatives, Edmond Jordan and Edward ‘Ted’ James along with Councilwoman, Erika Green and Councilman, Lamont Cole, the midterms watch party featured two screens (one with local coverage via WAFB and one with national coverage via CNN) and was punctuated with rich dialogue by those in attendance. Attendees were elated by the mass wave of women of color being elected to Congress from across the nation and visibly disappointed by the losses of crowd favorites such as Florida gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum and Texas senate candidate, Beto O’Rourke. The atmosphere was one of hopefulness combined with a commitment to redoubling efforts needed to secure more wins for progressive/inclusive candidates in the immediate future, most notably the 2020 election season.
The watch party was a collaborative effort coordinated in partnership with the following entities: BeBaton Rouge, Abstract, Perfect 10 Productions, The Rouge Collection, Capital City Collision, LAPosh Promotions, Focused Family Services, Reaching Our Dreams, PowerPump Girls Inc. and Pearson & Mitchell Attorneys at Law.
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