BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - He has new district lines with new constituents -- that's why U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond held an open house at his newly opened Baton Rouge office on Saturday.
Richmond's district expanded to include the northern part of the capital city back in January. Lines were redrawn following Hurricane Katrina because of the population loss in the New Orleans area. Richmond's 2nd district still stretches down to New Orleans, but also encompasses much of North Baton Rouge. District 2 is considered the state's only "majority minority" district.
The congressman says he chose the McKinley Alumni Center in the heart of Old South Baton Rouge for his office's location to make sure all of his new constituents have easy access to him and his staff.
"My view of leadership is that you go where people are, and you to places that is accessible. So, my one rule was that I was not going anywhere where people had to go through metal detectors or where they couldn't get there on the bus...or they had to pay for parking. We just want to be in a nice average neighborhood where people can come see us," said Rep. Richmond, D- Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle says she too is looking forward to having Richmond and his staff right here in town. A portion of her district falls under Richmond's watch.
"It brings him on base here. He won't be located here all the time, but he will be back and forth between New Orleans and Baton Rouge so that people can put a face to the name and to the work and to the wonderful works that he does," said Marcelle.
Some of the people Richmond now represents in his newly expanded district say they wanted to come out to meet the congressman and let him know they support what he's doing in Washington to improve life for Louisianans.
"I wanted to thank Congressman Richmond for supporting the film industry and bringing productions here into Louisiana...working with the state government and helping to enact legislation that made it favorable to shoot in Louisiana," said John Alphone, an independent filmmaker from New Orleans.
"This being a major engine for economic growth...it's one of the most important places in the state, so when representing this district it's important the constituents know exactly where their congressman is and know where they can go to get the help that they need," said Baton Rouge constituent Joshua Hollins.
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