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Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District make their case in virtual forum

Dare 2 Lead, LLC sponsored a virtual forum to give voters an opportunity to hear from the candidates before the upcoming election.
Dare 2 Lead, LLC sponsored a virtual forum to give voters an opportunity to hear from the candidates before the upcoming election.(Source: KNOE)
Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 11:24 PM CDT
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Voters will soon be picking a new U.S. Representative in District 5.

On Wednesday, September 23, Dare 2 Lead, LLC sponsored a virtual forum to give voters an opportunity to hear from the candidates before the upcoming election.

Each candidate was asked to choose two of the biggest issues facing the district and how they would address it.

“It’s the infrastructure, it’s the needs of the parish, the dated drainage systems, sewer systems, the roads, the issues we’ve had since the floods of 2016, the tornadoes, the hurricanes, the things we deal with here locally on a daily basis,” said Scotty Robinson (R).

“I want our sons and daughters to find their opportunities right here in Louisiana. Not in Texas, not in Tennessee, not in in Florida, but right here at home. We have to keep the jobs we have and we have to create the jobs that we need,” said Luke Letlow (R).

The next question involved their thoughts on the second amendment and should there be more gun restrictions.

“If you want to talk the epidemic of mass shootings, I think correlation is not causation and we have to take a look at the homes that these kids are coming from and what could be causing their behavior instead of examining the tools they are using to wreak havoc,” said Matt Hasty (R).

“So we have a problem in this country that has to be addressed. We can’t shy away from it. We must face it with a sense of purpose and commitment to ensure that we protect citizens, ensure public safety and also support the 2nd amendment,” said Martin Lemelle (D).

Candidates were then asked to weigh in on recent cries across the country to defund the police. Each person agreed that they would not support that option.

“We don’t have a problem with racism, we don’t have a problem with the discrimination in law enforcement, the problem is respect. When we took the belt away from the moms and the dads, took prayer out of the school and we took paddle out of the school, that’s the result we get,” said Allen Guillory, Sr. (R).

“Any profession is not perfect. There’s no profession that’s not perfect. If you root out all the bad players and we should have a system to do that. But if you think that defunding the police is the answer, you’re either woefully ignorant or completely naïve,” said Lance Harris (R).

One of the final questions asked is how they would improve education. Louisiana currently ranks 48th in quality education in the country.

“We need a way of funding beyond property taxes. We need to increase the funding and we also need to have the children ready to learn when they get to school,” said Philip Snowden (D).

“As a product of Head Start, I am a testament that Head Start works. We must continue to expand the funding of the Head Start program so that kids and students can learn early and enjoy that experience,” said Candy Christophe (D).

You can view the entire forum here.

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