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Monroe city council district 3 candidate profiles

Posted: Updated: Oct 16, 2012 10:27 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Five candidates have their eye on the Monroe's district 3 city council seat.

District three council member Ellen Hill has chosen not to keep her seat. Now Monroe voters will see five new district 3 candidates on their ballots. Of the five candidates is democrat and boys and girls club nonprofit worker, Betty Blakes. "I have a love for this city, I've grown up here all of my life. I'm home grown as they say. " said Blakes.

Blakes says as a life long resident, she knows the needs of her district that includes parts of the garden district, Louisville, Desiard and 165 south. If elected, the candidate says she'll focus on crime prevention and economic development. "I plan to work with the small businesses to find out what they need to move the city forward, to keep them here to sustain them."

Also on the ballot, democrat and school teacher Rick Saulsberry. "The reason I'm running for city council of this district is because I'm heavily qualified." said Saulsberry.

As a small business owner and junior high teacher, Saulsberry says he is familiar with the economical, social and educational needs of district. If elected, he says he wants to build a park in the Booker T. Washington area. "I know there is a large conglomerate of children in that area and they need a park to play in."

Another district 3 council hopeful is democrat NOVA workforce institute program director, Juanita Woods. "I decided to run because there was a need for change in this community." said Woods. She says if elected, her number one goal will be to increase job opportunity in her district. "I would like to accomplish more workforce development, making sure employees in this area will have the skilled workforce they need in order to be successful." said Woods.

Franz Hill is also seeking the council seat, he has no political party and is the CEO of diagnostic medical technologies. "I initially ran because my wife was the sitting councilman, she decided not to run and I thought she was very qualified and I didn't want the position to go down." said Hill, he also added his priority if elected will be to follow rules and not make promises he can't keep. The candidate also says he'll help organizations band together to solve issues. "I think the most important thing is to get the different concerned citizens working together as one voice for district three."

Darryl Berry a democrat and former Ouachita Police Jury member is also vying for the council seat. Berry was unable to speak with KNOE Tuesday.

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