Shreveport mayoral candidates answer questions on crime, economics at forum

(Bill Koplitz / FEMA)
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 2:34 PM CDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Many Shreveport residents attended a mayoral forum that took place on Thursday, July 28.

Attendees heard the candidates stances on a variety of issues concerning the city of Shreveport. The candidates who qualified include Lauren Ray Anderson, “Tom” Arceneaux, Mario Chavez, LeVette Fuller, Tracy Mendels, incumbent Mayor Adrian Perkins, “Julius” Romano, Melvin Slack Jr., Gregory Tarver and Darryl Ware.

The event took place at the YMCA on Knight Street.

Candidates had one minute to answer questions that centered on crime intervention, economic opportunities and their future plans.

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“Crime is a people problem before we talk about arrest let’s talk about how we are taking care of our people,” said Ware.

“You’ll have to make sure that people who are shooting people today, you’ll have to sure they are prosecuted and not cut a deal,” Tarver said.

“This is a gangster city and you don’t have to agree with me, you got Crips, you got Bloods, Rolling 60′s, Cooper Road, it’s a gangster city and if you don’t have someone with some gangster-type leadership, you not gonna stop this crime,” Melvin Slack Jr. said.

“As far as creating jobs around here I would like to promote local entrepreneurship we have multiple schools, universities educating we have so many smart talent creative hard working people they just need some place to go basically,” said Anderson.

“We’re projected to have over 2,000 new jobs in the next few months and unemployment we already covered unemployed and matched before what it was in covid 19 our economic development polices here are working,” Perkins said.

“I’m also a professor so I study this stuff leadership equals jobs equals leadership bring town new companies from all over the world,” said Romano.

“The mayor’s job is to make sure we are making efficient the permanent process to get a business and keep that business,” Arceneaux said.

“We have got to do something with roads why would you want to bring a business here in the condition that it’s in right now,” Mendels said.

“When it comes to doing business why are you a great business because oof customer service if you look at any business the reason why they great is customer service but if you left feeling good about the experience then you’ll go back,” said Chavez.

“A city isn’t a business, it’s a living, breathing organism with so many different components. What we need to do is visualize how all of these pieces come together to make this organism work,” said Fuller.

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