Shreveport's 8 mayoral hopefuls field queries about crime, jobs and city's streets

Shreveport mayoral forum focuses on jobs, crime, city's streets
(Source: Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)
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(Source: KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport's eight mayoral candidates were on the same stage for the first time Monday evening.

The venue was a forum at Southwood High sponsored by the Southern Hills Business Association, the Southern Hills Homeowners Association and the League of Women Voters of Caddo-Bossier.

Organizers say most of the questions they got from the community focused on three things: crime, jobs and streets.

Each person randomly got two questions. Candidates did not see the questions ahead of time.

Some queries focused on bringing in business.

Jim Taliaferro said he'd cut red tape at City Hall and improve customer service.

Mayor Ollie Tyler said the city has a marketing plan and is recruiting businesses nationwide. She also pointed to jobs she's already brought in.

Meanwhile, Jeron Rogers promised that if the city got a $1 million grant, it would be spent prudently, like on infrastructure.

Adrian Perkins, Lee Savage and Steven Jackson said finding a new police chief is among their priorities.

Anna Marie Arpino pointed to her accounting experience as an asset to city budget issues.

Tremecius Dixon promised that everyone would always get a call back from him.

Each candidate also was asked whether he or she would get a third-party audit of the city's water billing system.

All except Tyler said yes.

And she carefully noted that the question implies something is being done wrong.

All candidates also were asked for their views on raising taxes versus cutting the budget.

A large crowd attended the lively forum, which included many moments of applause.

Tyler and Jackson were among candidates who touted experience, while others like Arpino and Taliaferro cited the need for something new.

One thing each candidate said is that he or she should get your vote.

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