SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- The Shreveport mayor's race turned into a runaway win for Mayor Cedric Glover. He attributes it to his leadership in his first term, and a backlash about the "negative campaign" his opponent ran.
"That was not something the people of Shreveport were willing to embrace," Glover says.
The mayor tells KSLA News 12 that he inherited a dire economic situation for the city, and then the recession hit. He says the city weathered the storm, and he expects to keep it moving in a positive direction.
"Right now we've not laid off any of our employees. Our crime rate is going down. We've increased the numbers of fire fighters and police officers. And we are poised to be one of the destinations from around the world for people to come and engage in digital media production. Combine that with the fact that we still have an open and operating General Motors plant that we're working every day to keep open, along with supporting the other," he says.
The mayor also says he's concerned about the future of Shreveport politics. He says he hopes potential future candidates won't be discouraged by the negativity they had to witness during the runoff.