Gov. Edwards visits Monroe to worship, highlight milestones

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Governor John Bel Edwards visited Monroe on Sunday and worshiped at the New Saint James Missionary Baptist Church. He spoke to the congregation about the work that's been done in his first four years as governor and what his plans are going forward.

Gov. Edwards spent his Sunday praising and praying with the New St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe. (Source: KNOE)

Edwards was joined by state and local lawmakers like Sen. Francis Thompson, Rep. Katrina Jackson, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and others.

Alicia Calvin attended the service and says she was glad to see the governor take time to worship with them.

"For him to show up with us and worship with us, spend time with us, hear our concerns, and not disregard everything, it means everything," Calvin says.

Edwards highlighted what he called milestones during the last four years. What he says he is most proud of is the bipartisanship he says lawmakers have shown since he's taken office. Monroe City School Board member Daryll Berry says this state needs that unity.

"One of the key things that he said that fits right in with me is the fact that we have to work together,” Berry says. “We have to work across party lines, Democrat, Republican, Independent, we've got to work together to solve the problems that exist. Not only in northeast Louisiana, but throughout the whole state."

Edwards addressed some of those problems on Sunday. He says Louisiana still has too many violent crimes and needs to raise the bar on higher education.

Brenda Gorham says she is all for that.

"I'm hands up for that,” Gorham says. “I've got two girls about to get ready to start college in a few years. So, him working on education is going to be great, focusing more on our future."

That’s a future Edwards says he's ready for if he's elected to another four years.

"We're going to continue to fight for an increase in minimum wage,” Edwards says. “Seven dollars and a quarter is inadequate. It's been there for 10 years. We're going to fight for gender pay, the gap is eliminated in Louisiana and that we pay women what we pay men. We're going to continue to keep Louisiana on the path that it's on towards prosperity."