BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Prophetic Voices is holding this live debate for the candidates for the Congressional District 2 seat Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The candidates invited to the debate are Claston Bernard, Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Senator Troy A. Carter, Gary Chambers and Mindy McConnell. Tony King is the debate moderator.
The candidates answered individual questions on topics that varied from bridging the gap between state and federal lawmakers, to their political donations, how they use their faith in their profession, and why they should be elected.
“I want to go to Washington to provide hope for our young people, for our communities, for our churches, people that have long awaited for the federal government to do something. Now we have an opportunity with the House, the Senate and the White House, we’ve got to move an agenda and we’ve got to move it fast, to fight for the people of Louisiana. I would go to Washington and utilize the resources, the experience, the know how, the can-do positive energy, to make things happen for Louisiana,” said State Senator Troy Carter (D).
“I’m running for Congress because I believe that we need someone in Washington that has a proven track record of getting things done. I’m proud of the record that I have after twenty one years of serving in the House and serving in the Senate. I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of things, that are notable. I’d be proud to serve you with integrity, competence and responsiveness,” said State Senator Karen Carter Peterson (D).
“I’ve been active here in the community for years now, fighting to make equity and justice a priority in our community. Louisiana ranks number 50 in the nation. We rank number 45 in healthcare, number 47 in education, number 50 in environmental equality, number 50 in job opportunity, number 50 in crime. And we have two career politicians, thirty and twenty years a piece, that have served in our legislature, who have some level of responsibility to where this state is,” said Gary Chambers Jr. (D), Baton Rouge political activist.
“The essence of this place, God, family and country, that develop a whole person, is what we need to change and turn this country around. That is why I’m running. I’m here to give hope, I’m here to be your champion, and I’m here to champion Louisiana, because you guys have made me a champion,” said Claston Bernard (R), a former Olympic athlete who lives in Ascension Parish.
“If I don’t step up as a citizen and do something about what is happening on a national level, then nobody will. The change is with me, I believe the change is with each of us. Right now, what I see in our country is unacceptable, and until we make some sweeping changes, we’re not going to get to a place where we all seek to be,” said Mindy McConnel (L), who is an educator.
It’s not only Congressional District 2 that has an open seat, but also Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District after the passing of Luke Letlow.
Early voting begins March 6, the election is March 20.
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