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WEST MONROE La. (KNOE 8 News) - The special election to fill Representative Rodney Alexander's Fifth District Congressional seat, is less than two months away with fourteen candidates running for the position.

Tuesday, there was a candidate's forum, where eleven of them were allotted equal time to explain what they're all about and their plans for the future if elected.

Green candidate Eliot Barron is from New Orleans.

"I hope as an individual in Washington to echo your concerns and to find any assistance I can on a national level in terms of cooperation and collaboration and bring home the bacon so to speak," said Barron.

Libertarian Henry Herford is from Delhi.

"Let's wake up and look at what's going on. We have tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. You know some people laugh but it's not a laughing matter. It's pitiful. And I want you to really think, do we want war?" asked Herford.

Republican Clyde Holloway is from Baton Rouge.

"A lot of it has been good because I had good parents that taught us. My daddy taught us three things when he had us. One was to work, one was to go to church, and one was to go to school ," said Holloway.

Democrat State Representative Marcus Hunter is from Monroe.

"You're going to have someone that's young  and energetic that's going to continue to fight for this area. Like I said I was born here, I plan on living here and god willing I'll die here. And in the process I plan to make it better," said Hunter.

Democrat State Representative Robert Johnson is from Marksville.

"We're in the 5th congressional district and we're the poorest congressional district. Well I'm running because I, like you want to change that. Robert Johnson isn't going to be the only person to change that. It's going to take each and every one of us to work together," said Johnson.

Democrat Jamie Mayo is Monroe's current mayor.

"My record of success is what we're running on in the city of Monroe. We are in the best financial shape in the city's history, in the City of Monroe's history. There's no city in the state of Louisiana that's run better than the City of Monroe as it relates to finances," said Mayo.

Republican State Representative Jay Morris is from Monroe.

"The constitution needs a strong advocate in Washington D.C. That's why I'll fight for term limits in congress. If we want our constitution to remain powerful we have to stop career politicians from twisting the meaning," said Morris.

Republican State Senator Neil Riser is from Columbia.

"This nation is truly at a crossroads. Are we going to continue down the path we're at right now, are we going to head towards more socialism which were on a socialistic path with Obama Care. We've got to defund that," said Riser.

Republican candidate Blake Weatherly is from Calhoun.

"Get the IRS out of the health care system and get them out of our everyday lives. Get the NSA out. Let's re-structure most departments in D.C. because they've been burdensome with regulation," said Weatherly.

Independent candidate Peter Williams is from Lettsworth.

"There's a voice that needs to be heard. The nobody's, the ones that have been cast off, the ones that everybody thought wouldn't make it you looking at a product at somebody who was cast off, labeled because of the system," said Williams.

Libertarian candidate S.B.A. Ziatoon is from Baton Rouge.

"We can get all the money that is due us from Washington D.C. from our taxes and give the engineers and the laborers and the contractors," said Zaitoon.

The last day to register for the special election is Wednesday September 18th.

If you can't make it to the polls to vote for the special election on October 19th,You can vote early.

Early voting will be held at the Registrar's office located at 122 Saint John Street in Monroe on Saturday, October 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday October 7th, through Saturday October 12th 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Registrar of Voters will also conduct early voting at the Chennault Aviation Museum October 5th, October 7th, October 11th, and October 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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