BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two of the three men hoping to represent Louisiana in the U.S. Congress for District 2 faced off in Baton Rouge. The district covers portions of 10 parishes from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
The two men, who are both Democrats and admittedly supporters of U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, discussed the issues facing the district. Incumbent Cedric Richmond noted his top three priorities.
"Criminal justice reform is important because we are making the country less safe and wasting money. Two, investing in infrastructure, roads, bridges, and get the rivers dredged so we can be ready for the vessels that will come from opening up the Panama Canal," Richmond said.
His opponent, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, highlighted his economic success in downtown Baton Rouge and his plan to help other parishes in the district thrive.
"We are fortunate when we are asking the voters where they have supported before for dollars for infrastructure. Now we need to go to the other parishes and say let's try to put dollars in and get the federal government to help make a difference in our quality of life," Holden said.
As for Obamacare, both candidates agree that the program could use a little fine tuning. Richmond wants more, younger people to be included. Holden said more education is key.
"The only way to keep insurance low, whether it's car or health insurance is to widen the insurance pool so that the risk is spread out," Richmond said.
"Health departments in each parish need to break it down and explain to people the pros and cons of what we have now and what changes need to be made," Holden said.
Both candidates said they want to see some restrictions on guns and the people who can purchase them. They also want to see better federal funding and support for police officers.
Kenneth Cutno, a democrat from New Orleans, is also running for the seat.