Monroe Mayoral Candidate Profiles: Friday Ellis
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - KNOE spoke with Monroe mayoral candidate Friday Ellis (I) about some of the plans he has for the city should he become elected.
Ellis said one of the fastest ways to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping dollars local. He wants to implement incentives to get small businesses off the ground. For instance, Ellis has a “30, 20, 10 Plan.” This plan would give business owners a 30 percent rebate on sales taxes for the first year a business is open in Monroe. This would change to 20 percent the second year and 10 percent in the third.
"We understand that the first three years of a business are the most volatile. So, if we keep you for the next thirty because we helped you out in the first three, that's a heck of a return on our investment."
Ellis also wants to find ways to push personal protective gear directly to the general public to keep people safe from COVID-19.
Ellis said people feel as if Monroe is a divided community. He said he wants to bring people together over the things they have in common so they can build relationships and address race relations and division.
“We all want safe neighborhoods, quality schools, right? Opportunity to have jobs here. And so let’s bring people to the table to start that conversation over a commonality, build relationships, and move forward.”
Flooding is also an issue Ellis wants to address.
"I don't believe we should be investing money and billions of dollars and capital outlet dollars for an arena when we've had flooding for the past 30 years in this area that keeps plaguing us."
He’s referring to the city’s recent list of priority projects for state funding, where a new event center ranks higher than several flooding projects.
Ellis said he wants to work with existing business owners to see how the city can help them grow.
“Are there any things that we do as a city that we’re doing right that we need to maintain or that we’re doing wrong that we can work with you to help provide a better-trained workforce? Could it be ordinances that are keeping you from growing? But that takes me sitting down with business owners and growing.”
Ellis said he understands what it means to serve others, both as a small business owner and in the military.
“My time in the Marine Corp, my service to my community, and that’s what qualifies me and my care for my community and my witness here in this community says nothing other than the fact that we’re here to serve and we’re ready to do it in a larger capacity.”
Our extended interview with Ellis can be watched below.
Also running for the position:
- Marie Brown (D)
- Fredrick Louis (D)
- Incumbent Jamie Mayo (D)
- Ronnie Scott (L)
Election day is July 11.
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