Monroe Mayoral Candidate Profiles: Marie Brown

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 7:18 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - KNOE spoke with Monroe mayoral candidate Marie Brown (D) about some of the plans she has for the city should she be elected.

Brown said, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to make masking mandatory, especially in public spaces. She also wants temperature checks as people enter facilities. Brown said, if people don’t follow the rules, a curfew may be necessary.

"A lot of times, people don't want to do the hard stuff, especially around election time. So, to keep everybody safe, especially our seniors, people with pre-existing conditions, those things we're going to have to do. And it's just time to say and do the hard stuff."

Brown also said she wants to have a real conversation on racial justice.

“Monroe tends to want to just talk about the feel-good stuff, but I need you to walk in my shoes. I need you to walk in my community,” she said.

Public safety is also on her agenda. Brown said she wants to work on hiring more police officers from the community. She said she wants to offer incentives, such as free college or housing. She said she wants research to be done on how this could be funded.

“Because everything we talk about is war. ‘War on crime,’ ‘war on drugs.’ So, that means these people are going into a war situation. So, at some point, we need to change the mindset.”

Brown said another possible addition to the city could be a skating rink in the Charles Johnson Children’s Park, which she said could bring in tourism.

"We can become competitive. But you got to bring something out that the family can use. But we're not doing that. We're focused on building an arena and getting fifty million dollars. If you can get fifty million dollars, spend it over on districts 3, 4, and 5."

She’s referring to plans for a new city event center and hotel, for which the current mayor said his administration has already identified $50 million.

Brown said she knows how each department of the city works because she’s been attending city council meetings for years and because people come to her when they have problems with the city.

“I participate in city government. I participate in national government. I’ve checked out the budget. I know how the city charter works. Knowing how each department works is the key.”

Our extended interview with Brown can be watched below.

Also running for the seat:

  • Friday Ellis (I)
  • Fredrick Louis (D)
  • Incumbent Jamie Mayo (D)
  • Ronnie Scott (L)

Election day is July 11.

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