Caddo Democratic panel hosts Shreveport mayoral forum

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 3:16 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A Shreveport mayoral candidate forum was held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Winnfield Funeral Home.

The gathering was sponsored by the Caddo Democratic Parish Executive Committee.

Only three of the 10 candidates were present at the forum. The main point of discussion included regaining the community’s trust.

“We can’t work together anymore. We assume everybody is gonna attack us, just like you assume I’m gonna shoot you. We gotta put this back together. We have to rebuild what has been broken,” said Tracey Mendel.

“Something that I’ve done personally is do monthly walks with our police officers in neighborhoods to make sure that they’re getting to know citizens. Not by arresting anybody, not coming doing something that they can make a negative association. Where they can actually build relationships with our police officers,” said Mayor Adrian Perkins.

“My first goal would be to prioritize the inner-city revitalization. Not for new people to come in, but for the people who are already here. Our focus cannot be something that turns into gentrification. Our focus has to be on the people who live here now,” said LeVette Fuller.

The election will be held Nov. 8 with a runoff Dec. 10, if necessary. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. each day.

Oct. 11 is the deadline to register to vote in person. Early voting will be conducted Oct. 25-Nov. 1.