Report from Louisiana: Ready for Election Day?

by Pat Austin | November 5th, 2018

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Report from Louisiana: Ready for Election Day?

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Are you ready to vote Tues­day? Done your research?

In Louisiana we have sev­eral races of inter­est, most of them local issues, and I guess at the top of that for me is the Shreve­port may­oral race.

It’s no secret that Shreve­port is in an eco­nomic decline and ranks low on many of the desir­able places to live lists. There are a lot of great things about Shreve­port; don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love liv­ing in Louisiana. I think what frus­trates so many of us that have lived in Shreve­port our entire lives is the list of missed oppor­tu­ni­ties and mis-​management that has left our city crime rid­den and with­out many prospects of eco­nomic growth.

We’ve spent a lot of time and resources squab­bling about Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments and dis­cus­sions of build­ing a bas­ket­ball arena on a toxic waste dump rather than in pro­duc­tive efforts to bring big busi­ness and man­u­fac­tur­ing back to our city.

We have the beau­ti­ful Red River run­ning right through our city but devel­op­ment of the river­front has con­sisted of casino gam­bling and a dog park that is often closed because of flooding.

Crime in our city is out of con­trol with daily and nightly shoot­ings a com­mon occur­rence. For the first time in almost sixty years I don’t really feel safe in my city or worse, my neighborhood.

Is it the same every­where? I hon­estly don’t know.

I do know that these are all top­ics of dis­cus­sion in our upcom­ing may­oral race. Our present mayor is a really nice lady with a back­ground in edu­ca­tion and admin­is­tra­tion, but I’m not sure that Shreve­port has pro­gressed under her tenure.

Local pol­i­tics mat­ter. What­ever the issues in your city, what­ever the races on your bal­lot, do your research and get out and vote. We’ve had a huge early voter turnout, unprece­dented huge, and I’m not sure what that means but I’ll be at the polls Tues­day ready to cast my vote.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreve­port and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cam­mie Henry and her Cir­cle at Mel­rose Plan­ta­tion. Fol­low her on Insta­gram @patbecker25 and Twit­ter @paustin110.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Are you ready to vote Tuesday?  Done your research?

In Louisiana we have several races of interest, most of them local issues, and I guess at the top of that for me is the Shreveport mayoral race.

It’s no secret that Shreveport is in an economic decline and ranks low on many of the desirable places to live lists.  There are a lot of great things about Shreveport; don’t get me wrong.  I absolutely love living in Louisiana.  I think what frustrates so many of us that have lived in Shreveport our entire lives is the list of missed opportunities and mis-management that has left our city crime ridden and without many prospects of economic growth.

We’ve spent a lot of time and resources squabbling about Confederate monuments and discussions of building a basketball arena on a toxic waste dump rather than in productive efforts to bring big business and manufacturing back to our city.

We have the beautiful Red River running right through our city but development of the riverfront has consisted of casino gambling and a dog park that is often closed because of flooding.

Crime in our city is out of control with daily and nightly shootings a common occurrence.  For the first time in almost sixty years I don’t really feel safe in my city or worse, my neighborhood.

Is it the same everywhere?  I honestly don’t know.

I do know that these are all topics of discussion in our upcoming mayoral race.  Our present mayor is a really nice lady with a background in education and administration, but I’m not sure that Shreveport has progressed under her tenure.

Local politics matter.  Whatever the issues in your city, whatever the races on your ballot, do your research and get out and vote.  We’ve had a huge early voter turnout, unprecedented huge, and I’m not sure what that means but I’ll be at the polls Tuesday ready to cast my vote.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

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