Monroe Mayoral Candidate Profiles: Ronnie Scott
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - KNOE spoke with Monroe mayoral candidate Ronnie Scott (L) about some of the plans he wants to bring to the city should he be elected.
Ronnie Scott said we need to continue working to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he’s got some programs that could immediately start putting money back into the economy. For instance, he wants to work on taking down trees that are past maturity before the next tornado, both for safety reasons and because he wants to bring insurance down.
He wants to get help from the “Innovative Readiness Training” program, which involves military personnel completing local construction projects as a training exercise.
“Let’s start using them and let’s keep our soldiers at home anytime that we can, and keep them working here with their families,” he said.
Scott said he’s glad to see the renaming of Robert E. Lee Junior High. However, he said there’s still more to do in the fight against racial injustice.
"But the good thing about it is that a lot of those conversations are being had right now and a lot of people are taking the time to open up and to set their predispositions aside and to listen to people and to be empathetic."
Scott also wants to work with the state legislature to bring the cannabis and hemp industry into the city. He said he wants 12 licenses for production and growth and 12 more for retail licenses. He wants the first three of both reserved for disadvantaged business enterprises.
"When you look at the history and how people of color have been historically blocked out from farming, or from the capital gains of farming, I should say, then it makes total sense to me to open this industry up that doesn't require the land,"
Scott said this would benefit the city as well.
"And it invites a 21 percent sales tax that we'll be able to keep most of here to pay for all these different things that we don't already have budgeted in without raising taxes and without borrowing money."
Scott says he grew his own multi-million dollar real estate business. He said this work helped him better understand the needs of those less fortunate.
He also said he's HUD certified.
"I know how the system works and some of the problems with implementing certain things in the private versus the public sector and looking forward to meshing some of the two that equal progress for the majority, for the whole."
Our extended interview with Scott can be viewed below.
Also running for the position:
- Marie Brown (D)
- Friday Ellis (I)
- Fredrick Louis (D)
- Incumbent Jamie Mayo (D)
Election day is July 11.
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