BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An hour-long, peaceful forum was held Monday afternoon among the four men who want to be Louisiana's next Lt. Governor. There was no mud-slinging. Instead, all answered the questions.
"I think we're blessed to live in the greatest state in the United States of America, but we've never reached our full potential," said Republican John Young, who currently serves as the Jefferson Parish President. "There's a lot of reasons for that, public corruption, lack of quality public education system and crime, and I want to be a part of change."
"Take a look at what's happening in north Louisiana and other places," said Democrat Kip Holden, who has been the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President since 2005. "You will see small towns and villages virtually dying, and they're turning into ghost towns. Why let that vanish?"
"45 years of government service, government and law. That's why I want to do this. This is just the greatest opportunity of my life to serve," said Republican State Senator Elbert Guillory.
"All eyes were on New Orleans so I got angry and decided to run, and I saw as parish president, if you truly care about people and making a difference, and not about personnel gain, you can do great things in public office," said Republican Billy Nungesser, who gained fame after Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill in 2010.
All said fixing the state's funding issue is one of their priorities. When it comes to whether they would serve as the culture, recreation and tourism secretary themselves or appoint someone else to do so, all said they would not appoint a separate person.
On another issue, would they hire a security detail if they won? Young and Nungesser both said, "No," adding that the police needs to be directed towards New Orleans right now to reduce crime since that's the state's biggest tourism draw. Holden and Guillory both said they would hire a security detail.