As a public service this election season, WWL-TV and, as well as its parent company, Belo Corp., present a campaign entitled 'It's Your Time.'

WWL-TV and Belo Corp. believe it is vital to allow voters the opportunity to hear directly from candidates running for major office. That's why we're providing an opportunity for all qualified candidates running for Congress to tell you why they believe you should vote for them. In 1996, Belo Corp. took a then-unprecedented step of offering qualified federal candidates free television airtime. The program was created after careful consideration of a means to inform our viewers about political campaigns beyond our extensive news and public affairs programming.

This year, the candidates were invited to participate in this program based on accepted, objective criteria. This program has received regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Elections Commission.

The segments are unedited. Each candidate receives 4 minutes to answer the same question: why should the voters of your district elect you to Congress?

The views expressed by the candidates are theirs alone and do not reflect the views of this station, web site or its personnel.

It is our hope that these segments will help you make your decision about which candidate to support in this election on November 2.

U.S. Senate: Charlie Melancon
U.S. Senate: David Vitter
Congressional District 1: Myron Katz
Congressional District 1: Steve Scalise
Congressional District 2: Anh 'Joseph' Cao
Congressional District 2: Cedric Richmond
Congressional District 3: Jeff Landry
Congressional District 3: Ravi Sangisetty

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