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Crime, Economy, Infrastructure Key Topics of Shreveport Mayoral Debate

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MAYORAL DEBATE- A debate between Shreveport Mayoral Runoff Candidates Republican former city councilman Tom Arceneuax and Democratic State Senator Greg Tarver took place at the University Center Theater on the LSUS campus last night. It was well attended as both candidates received questions from TV journalists from local television stations. The debate focused mostly on the city economy, infrastructure, crime and public safety.

Both candidates weighed in on possible future projects that would require public funding.

CANDIDATE TARVER: “The people have got to have confidence in government and right now I don’ t think they have that confidence in government because right now they believe that they’re money is being misused and abused and they’re 100% correct. It’s spent incorrectly. So we need to first, like I said, help to give people confidence in government then we’ll be able to accomplish something.”

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Shreveport mayoral runoff candidate Gregory Tarver (D)

CANDIDATE ARCENEAUX: “When people are going to be asked to tax themselves, it’s very important that they feel that they had an input into the process. So before I would establish any priorities, I would be asking the people to participate in open public debate about what the priorities are.”

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Shreveport mayoral runoff candidate Tom Arceneaux (R)

Both candidates were asked about city crime and policing. Both men seemed to agree they wouldn’t immediately change leadership in local law enforcement and instead felt more support was needed. The mayoral run-off election is December 10th. The Mayoral Debate was a partnership with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, KTAL TV and KTBS TV. CLICK LINK BELOW to see entire debate on YouTube:

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.