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Shreveport mayoral hopeful Sam Jenkins addresses debt questions

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Sam Jenkins addresses his financial responsibilities. Sam Jenkins addresses his financial responsibilities.
KSLA News 12 obtained documents from the Caddo Clerk of Courts office showing several tax liens and civil suits against Sam L. Jenkins Jr. and his private law practice. KSLA News 12 obtained documents from the Caddo Clerk of Courts office showing several tax liens and civil suits against Sam L. Jenkins Jr. and his private law practice.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport City Councilman and mayoral hopeful Sam Jenkins has confirmed the reason he put off announcing his intention to run for mayor this week.

Jenkins, who currently represents District G on the council, was expected to make the announcement on Tuesday. On Saturday, he released a brief statement postponing the announcement.

Jenkins tells KSLA News 12 that just before he decided to announce his decision to run for mayor, he realized there was some unfinished business he needed to take care of first.

"It's not easy to be in business and to deal with the many tax related matters that is associated with that but I did realize for me to address those matters before I ask the citizens of the city of Shreveport formally to be their mayor," says Jenkins.

KSLA News 12 obtained documents from the Caddo Clerk of Courts office showing several tax liens and civil suits against Sam L. Jenkins Jr. and his private law practice. Some, dated back to the mid 90s. A portion of the tax liens showed that they were paid, while others remain outstanding.  Jenkins says most of his financial responsibilities have been paid, even though the system may not show them to be.

"I am working on those matters, I believe most of those are old. It's just a matter of getting them out of the records," says Jenkins.

He also says some of his issues come from his private law practice and are a result others not paying him, "I serve a clientele who struggle to pay their bills and in doing so that effects me and my ability to take care of my business," says Jenkins.

Jenkins says he's currently working to resolve the issues and he just wants to do the right thing in order to serve the citizens of Shreveport.

"I am willing to say that we have those issues. We're out front with those issues. You grow from those types of experiences. They can make you a better person and in may case, I hope that it makes me a better mayor."

Jenkins doesn't have another date set to announce his decision to run for mayor but says he hopes to have one in the near future.

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