BRAABJ hosts mayoral forum

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The four Baton Rouge candidates for Mayor-President took their turns at the podium during the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists meeting Tuesday morning.

The event was held at the Downtown Hilton and drew a variety of spectators. Mayor Kip Holden says downtown is booming and the city parish is moving in the right direction. "You see virtually miles and miles of brand new roads that's all over East Baton Rouge Parish," says Holden. " You will see developments that are happing all over Baton Rouge from Bluebonnet to you name's happening."

Baton Rouge Attorney Steven Myers says the Baton Rouge Neighborhood development code is antiquated and needs to be revised. "Does anybody know what the definition of family is?" asked Myers. "Does anyone have in their house and in their neighborhood a single mother and maybe a live-in person and a nanny? Illegal in Baton Rouge. Most people don't know a lot of these things."

Gordon Mese runs a business near the Garden District. He says the city parish development code needs to be a thing of the past. "I'm running as an independent. I'm not taking any money. I will owe no one anything," says Mese. "I will have the political will to change this code. The code that holds us back."

Each candidate was given five minutes to speak. Mike Walker used his time to hammer away on crime. "The truth of the matter is that we've had over 80 murders in East Baton Rouge Parish. My question is that's nice to think about what were going to do in the next 10 to 20 years, but what are we doing today?" said Walker.

The election is November 6th.

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