Monroe Mayoral Profiles: Fredrick Louis

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - KNOE spoke with Monroe mayoral candidate Fredrick Louis (D) about some of the plans he has for the city should he be elected.

Louis said the city’s recovery from COVID-19 is going to involve coming up with a new economy.

“And as mayor, that’s one of the things, you’ll sit down with your task force, you’ll sit down with your economic people, and come up with ways to generate revenue for the city,” Louis said.

He said he wants to promote the use of technology in lower elementary schools and middle schools.

Louis thinks this could attract employers who are looking for a workforce with that skill set.

“So we have to do things right now that are going to plant seeds in our kids, and that’s really where we have to make our investment. If we don’t begin to make an investment in our future, five years down the road we’re going to be in even worse shape than we are now,” he said.

We asked Louis how this may be done or if budget sources would need to be shifted from one area or another to reach this goal. In a statement, he said:

“Technological education is already in place within the schools. As a City, we will hi-light these efforts and bridge the gap between secondary and post-secondary education. This is not a matter of searching for funds for this project, this is a simple matter of shifting the focus and plant the seeds for a technologically literate workforce.”

Louis said he’s coming in with a plan called “F.U.S.E.,” which stands for Family, Unity, Safety, and Economy. He said he wants to address city revitalization.

“There should never be a time when our kids look at one side of town and say, ‘Why doesn’t it look like the other side of town?’”

We asked Louis where the funding for city revitalization could come from. In a statement, he said:

“Funds for city revitalization are already in the budget. As Mayor, my job will be to prioritize and allocate funds to most needed projects by working closely with City council members.”

He said the city hasn't lived up to its potential because the city hasn't worked together.

He wants to fight for racial justice and equality and unify the city.

"And I want to see us pull this together, and that takes quality leadership, leadership with wisdom, and understanding of people to bring everybody together."

Louis said he’s got experience from his master’s degree in teaching, working at the D.A.‘s office, and his work in ministry.

“I know what gifts I have in terms of leadership and getting people to follow a vision. That’s what I plan on bringing to the City of Monroe. I plan on improving the quality of life for every citizen in the City of Monroe, and I will do that with the gifts that God has given me.”

Our extended interview with Louis can be viewed below.

Also running for the position:

  • Marie Brown (D)
  • Friday Ellis (I)
  • Incumbent Jamie Mayo (D)
  • Ronnie Scott (L)

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