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Council candidates speak to voters

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - There are five candidates and one District 3 seat. These hopefuls, in the race for the Monroe City Council are aiming to sway enough votes their way.

"We need more places for the bus routes and stuff," Jesse Johnson said.

Johnson along with dozens of others were searching for solutions at Monday's candidate forum at the Ouachita Parish Library's main branch. It was hosted by the Garden District Neighborhood Alliance.
"Also, somewhere where the adults and the seniors can go to exercise," Johnson said. "Like one of the candidates said, go and exercise, have a place for them to exercise because they need to exercise too."

The seat currently belongs to Council Member Ellen Hill. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Hill to the seat shortly after a judge upheld the racketeering and extortion convictions of Arthur Gilmore and Red Stevens. Dr. Glenda Starr filled the other vacant seat. 

Hill has chosen not to toss her hat in the race. Now, voters are getting to know the five fresh faces.

"It appears tonight that these candidates know how we feel in the Garden District that we do not want that fourth bridge crossing over Forsythe," Mary-Ann Riddle said.

Riddle serves as the president for the Garden District Neighborhood Alliance. She plays a key role in informing her neighbors about the people hoping to represent them in local government.

"We're looking for the same type of person, someone who will work with the entire district and not just a portion of the district," Riddle said.

Voters will head to the polls on November sixth.

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