Five mayoral candidates make their case for the office

Five mayoral candidates make their case for the office

With the election just over three weeks away, five of the candidates for Baton Rouge mayor-president got a chance to make their cases at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

The club chose the candidates with the most amount of money raised for their campaign. All of the candidates who attended answered the same series of questions but made sure that they highlighted their own strengths.

East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado immediately boasted about his relationship with the police force.

"My commitment to public safety is first and foremost," Delgado said. "That's why the Baton Rouge Union of Police has endorsed me for mayor. I have proposed 200 new police officers over the next four years for BRPD."

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle also focused on police, saying "the police issues are on the forefront."

"I was the author of the body camera initiative in Baton Rouge and certainly the fairness ordinance. Those issues are near and dear to my heart," Marcelle added.

As for independent candidate Darryl Gissel, he positioned himself as an outsider, having held no political office.

"I'm running in this race not as an elected official, but as a private citizen who's worked in their community, who's worked hard to bring people together, and I think we can do that," Gissel said.

The candidates also addressed the flood recovery, specifically how they would raise money for new infrastructure, despite the state's budget woes.

State Sen. Bodi White and former state senator Sharon Weston Broome believe their experience in the legislature will help them during the rebuilding efforts.

"You have to be able to work with people, you have to be able to plan, you have to know how the system works," White said. "You have to have friends in the legislature, you have to have friends in Congress."

"I believe that my experience as pro tem in the House and the Senate, elected unanimously by my colleagues, points to my ability to unify," Broome said.

Voters will go to the polls on November 8, and a runoff election will be held on December 10 if necessary.

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