OUACHITA PARISH, La (08/06/19)– We are Your Local Election Headquarters, and today is our first chance to see who’s really in the races for Louisiana offices come October. Many have announced they’re running in the upcoming election and as of now, some have made that official.
Go to the bottom of the article to hear from all 20 candidates we interviewed today
“You know I really look forward to being involved in the positive movement that we got going forward in Ouachita Parish,” said Larry Bratton, Police Jury District C Candidate.
A common topic talked about is the need to improve the Louisiana school system and provide well-paying jobs.
“It doesn’t matter how good of an education that your people have in the state of Louisiana. If you don’t have a job to put them in, that doesn’t do them any good and they are leaving Louisiana as a result of that. And I think we can do a lot better than that,” said Matt Parker, State Senate District 35 Candidate.
Other say they have plans for those who attend college. “I’ve been fighting for e-textbooks for our college students. This year millions of dollars will be saved by students because we are now doing e-books in our universities,” said Mike Walsworth, Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court Candidate.
The whole parish should be growing, but in order to add economic growth, some candidates believe a few things have to be fixed.
“So we just want to help make that a priority of getting drainage and getting the lighting for the south side and then just making the south side a better place to live,” said Clifford Thomas, Ouachita Parish Police Jury District F Candidate.
Another thing brought to light, Ouachita Parish is in need of more jobs. Over the past few years the police jury has been working to create them and one juror says he hopes he can continue.
“We divided a plan and kept graphic packages here, which saved 200 jobs, added a 100 jobs and added 270 million dollars in economic investments,” said Jack Clampit, Ouachita Parish Police Jury District B Candidate.
At the end of the day, they say they don’t want to be just good campaigners. “Tax payers, a lot of times don’t trust us and a lot of times with good reason. So i’m hopeful that in the senate I can go about changing that,” said Jay Morris, State Senate District 35 Candidate.
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Hear from Wade Bishop (R) State Senate District 33 candidate:
Hear from Lonnie Hudson (D) Ouachita Parish Police Juror candidate:
Hear from Larry Bratton (R) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District C candidate:
Hear from LaKeisha Johnson (R) Clerk of Court candidate:
Hear from Foy Gadberry (R) State Representative District 15 candidate:
Hear from Stewart Cathey Jr. (R) State Senator District 33 candidate:
Hear from Jay Morris (R) State Senator District 35 candidate:
Hear from Lucy Holtzclaw (R) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District C candidate:
Hear from Michael Echols (R) State Representative District 14 candidate:
Hear from Anna Reed (D) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District D candidate:
Hear from Scotty Robinson (R) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District A candidate:
Hear from Clifford Thomas (D) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District F candidate:
Hear from Mike Walsworth (R) Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court candidate:
Hear from Alicia Calvin (D) State Representative District 16 candidate:
Hear from Jack Clampit (R) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District B candidate:
Hear from Daryll Berry (D) State Representative District 16 candidate:
Hear from Katrina Jackson (D) State Senate District 34 candidate:
Hear from Teri O’Neal (R) Ouachita Parish Coroner candidate:
Hear from Michael Thompson Sr. (D) Ouachita Parish Police Juror District D candidate:
Hear from Matt Parker (R) State Senator District 35 candidate: