Monroe Mayoral Candidate Profiles: Jamie Mayo
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - KNOE spoke with incumbent Monroe mayoral candidate Jamie Mayo (D) about some of the work he would continue to do if he’s re-elected to office.
Jamie Mayo talked about some of the city’s successes.
He said the city has a strong bond rating, and they’ve had over a dozen budget surpluses.
“We’ve run the city of Monroe like a business, using good, business-sound principals. We’ll continue that,” he said.
He said he’s worked to both bring businesses into the city and to keep businesses like CenturyLink in the area as well.
The mayor said his opponents have brought up flooding in the city. Mayo says the city already has Ouachita Strong Recovery working with the parish and the city.
“That’s already in place. We’ve already identified 100 million dollars worth of projects. So my opponents are not really talking about anything that we’re not doing,” he said.
The mayor said they’ve also been working with the federal, state, and local governments to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a very, very difficult virus. This is an invisible virus, and we need to do everything to make sure our citizens are adherent to the mitigation measures, and that’s what we have done and that’s what we’ll continue to do,” he said.
Mayo said, though they’ve had conversations about racial justice, he doesn’t think there’s been enough talk on the issue. He said some people in the community aren’t comfortable talking about race.
“Those are things that make some people uncomfortable. But because it’s uncomfortable to talk about, that does not mean you don’t need to have a dialogue,” he said.
The mayor said he’s running on experience. He said that will be important when working with new city council members who may not be familiar with government work.
“Experience does matter. It matters particularly when you’re dealing with a multi-million dollar city, municipality like the city of Monroe.”
Mayo has served as the city’s mayor since 2001.
The mayor also spoke about the projects that Economic Development Funds were used for. Those can be viewed below.
Our extended interview with Mayo can be viewed below:
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Election Day is July 11.
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