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Businessman Harris Brown running for Congress

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe businessman Harris Brown is running for the Fifth Congressional District Seat. He's been involved in Louisiana's biggest industries: agriculture, timber, and oil and gas. Now, Brown wants to try his hand in politics.

As a conservative republican, he believes we should secure our borders with military force if necessary. But he says child migration is a humanitarian problem 

"We certainly don't want to return children back to any opportunities to become a gang member or child prostitution or child trafficking. We've got figure out a way to secure the border but also find a way to prevent those children from falling into those horrible ways of life," Brown said. 


Moving on to healthcare, Brown is not in favor of the Affordable Health Care Act, but says in the current political climate there's no way to repeal it.

"We've got to mitigate the damage. The personal penalty for not having insurance, the mandate requiring insurance, those are infringements on our constitutional rights and we will fight hard to deny them that overreach," Brown said.

Brown says he will work hard to create jobs in the area.

"I think the best job creator on the table right now is the energy industry. We've got these huge resources in Louisiana in particular. And I believe it’s estimated the energy sector will create over one and half million jobs by 2025," Brown said.  

Like other candidates in the race, Brown wants to fight the EPA’s strong hold on agriculture industry.

"Due to the new amendment, they've added to the Clean Water Act that gives them jurisdiction, not only to the immediate wet land, but back into the tributaries that feed into that wet land. So that is really a farmer issue we are fighting right now," Brown said.   

In a large pool of other republican candidates, Brown says his service on the Tensas Basin Levee District sets him apart.  He says through that appointment, he gained first hand political and lawmaking experience, but says he never became a Washington elitist.

Brown is one of several republican candidates running for the Fifth District Congressional Seat. He's up against incumbent
Vance McAllister, Ralph Abraham, Ed Tarpley, and Zach Dasher. Libertarian Clay Grant and democrat Jamie Mayo are also running for the seat.

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