5 mayoral candidates address forum that targeted millennials

5 mayoral candidates address forum that targeted millennials
Published: Jul. 25, 2018 at 1:16 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2018 at 4:48 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport's mayoral race is kicking into high gear.

And fresh off of qualifying, half of the city's 10 mayoral hopefuls sat down for their first forum Tuesday night.

The gathering was geared toward a younger demographic in Shreveport. It was the Millennials' Mayoral Forum.

The event was put on by Heliopolis Magazine and the New Leaders Council - Louisiana.

Candidates were invited if they have a public Facebook page with more than 500 followers.

Taking part were John Paul Young, Mayor Ollie Tyler, Lee Savage, Adrian Perkins and Steven Jackson.

Jim Taliaferro was invited but was unable to make it.

Anna Marie Arpino, Tremecius Dixon, Kenneth Kreft and Jeron Rogers also qualified as candidates last week.

They, however, but did not meet the requirements for tonight's forum.

The big issues debated by the five who took part came as no surprise.

The candidates answered questions about how they would grow the local economy as well as how they plan to address crime and make people feel safer.

The incumbent and four of her challengers also were asked what infrastructure priorities they have and how they plan to attract young professionals to the city.

"Our candidates were very civil tonight. They were engaging; and they led with new big ideas for our city," said Jessie Gilmore,of the New Leaders Council- Louisiana.

"I'm proud. I'm proud to be in Shreveport right now. And I'm proud that millennials are leading this movement to make this city a better place."

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