BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A full house packed the auditorium of Mount Zion First Baptist Church Monday night, as 30 of 32 candidates for Baton Rouge mayor-president and metro council gathered to listen.
"We're hoping to build a relationship."
More than 30 member institutions of Together Baton Rouge were represented, as were the citizens that shared their stories and concerns. Citizens like Cynthia Tracy, whose son is behind bars in conditions that she says could be improved.
"We just want them to know who we are and the issues involved in our community and we want to have a voice in the community," said Tracy.
Topics like food access, crime and infrastructure were discussed as residents pledged an organized and united front designed at establishing channels of communication with those who will take office within the city next week.
"We don't come and just complain about an issue or ask someone to help us, we do research on it. We know the answers, what can be done and should be done," said Edgar Cage of Together Baton Rouge. "We present solutions."
"We vote for them and we need them to do something for us. So we want them to see our point of view and come together and work with us," said Dorothy Thomas, a Baton Rouge resident for 44 years.
A working relationship that Together Baton Rouge members like Cynthia believes is already making a huge difference in the city.
"I've met people I never would have known. We cross racial lines, religious lines, economic lines and we're finding we are more alike than we are different," added Tracy.