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Candidates running for City Council in Grambling

On November 1, 2018

YANISE DAYS

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Grambling?

“In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges we face is a lack of fiscal resources to help us eliminate our deficit.  With a lack of funding, we cannot adequately develop and implement educational and enrichment programs for our youth in our community.”

“A lack of funding also limits us in our efforts to expand infrastructure projects and upgrades relative to the basic services we provide to our citizens.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“Relative to our future, we need to take a look at long-range comprehensive planning in all facets of municipal growth:  improved utility services, modernization of our facilities and equipment, improved technological services, continuation of economic development expansion, city beautification projects to attract new businesses, cooperative endeavors with Grambling State University.”   

“I believe that an investment in these areas will yield dividends of operational efficiency to prepare us for the next millennium and our future generations.”

Q: What is your education background?

“I received my primary and secondary education from the laboratory schools on the campus of Grambling State University.  I earned an Associate of Science degree in General Business and a Certificate in Business Technology from Baton Rouge Community College; a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wiley College, home of The Great Debaters in Marshall, Texas.”

“I have also earned a Master of Science Degree in Developmental Education with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Science with a concentration in History from Grambling State University.”

Q: What is your experience?

“I have gained a multiplicity of valuable and rewarding experiences in nearly eight years of service as a Council Member for the City of Grambling.”

“I place great value in citizen input.  Along with their input and additional research, I have tried to ensure that the numerous ordinances and policies we have approved will give our citizens the opportunity to not only ‘SHOP GRAMBLING FIRST,’  but to also have an optimal quality of life in our great city.”

“In the area of economic development, I have worked with the mayor fellow council members and the mayor to bring retail development a much needed grocery store to our community.  Together, We made a difference!”

DOMINIC CALHOUN

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Grambling?

“Me personally I’m all about bettering the youth! Not to put the young at heart down but there is nothing entertainment-wise for the community to do period young or young at heart. So with the park idea that LeShaun and I came up with hopefully that will put an end to that issue.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“Support, support, support!”

“Just like the grocery store, Without the support of the wonderful towns people that store wouldn’t be where it is today! Blossoming and doing better than they projected!”

Q : What is your education background?

“I graduated from THE BEST high school in the land, Grambling High School now known as Lincoln Prep! I also graduated from THE BEST University in the land Grambling State University with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and restaurant management!”

Q: What is your experience?

“I’m currently employed as an assistant manager at Chili’s in Ruston. I’ve been employed with Chili’s since August 2009!”

“This is my first run for a political passion but I’m willing to learn and I’m motivated to fulfill any duties and tasks that gets placed in from of me!”

MARVIN McCARTY

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Grambling?

“My greatest concern regarding Grambling is that it is not self-sufficient.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“It is my belief that the city of Grambling and the university should work together in solving our problems.”

“Grambling should have the infrastructure and a plan to support economic development for the next 50 years. Grambling should at some point, have a manufacturing plant, at least one bank, and host an array of annual events that provide an economic boost for the city and the university.”

Q: What is your education background?

“B.S. Degree in Automotive Technology at Grambling State University.”

Q: What type of experience do you have?

“I have over 20 years’ experience in management, sales, advertising and marketing your experience.”

CASSANDRA SMITH

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Grambling?

“My biggest issue for the City of Grambling is more citizen involvement in continuing to move Grambling forward in part BY VOTING, and spending dollars in Grambling.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“The city of Grambling must continue to recruit citizens with economic ideas and knowledge as to how to put those ideas into actions.”

Q: What is your education background?

“I have a BS in Social Work from Southern University (Aug ‘73) and  Master of Social work from Grambling State University (July 1998).”

Q: What type of experience do you have?

“I worked for the Federal government for 20 years (in Princeton, NJ, Washington DC, and Dallas, Tx.); and 17 years for the State of Louisiana (Monroe, and Ruston).”

LESHAUN JOHNSON

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Grambling?

“The biggest issue facing Grambling in my opinion is upgrades and modernization.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“The city can set itself up for a great future if it is willing to be open to ideas that are presented all the time that could help make the city better.”

Q: What is your education background?

“Grambling - Spring 2007, BA in Mass Communication. Ashford University Spring 2012, MA in Organizational Management and Organizational Leadership.”

EDDIE ROBINSON III

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Grambling?

“The city’s deficit.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“The city needs to continue to have an aggressive approach towards acquiring more economic development. This will steadily chip down the city’s deficit to zero.”

Q: What is your education background?

BS in Biology from GSU.

Q: What type of experience do you have?

“My work experience is for profit & non-profit sales, sports management and entrepreneurial ventures. I’ve also been a short stint museum archivist.”

GARIARTA DUPREE

facing Grambling?

“My biggest issue facing Grambling is our lack of revenue and businesses. I believe in supporting our local businesses through promotion and spending and supporting new businesses by providing as easy process of obtaining permits and making sure that our tax laws remain business friendly.”

Q: How does the city need to prepare for the future?

“The city sets itself for the future by simple growing. We have to be open to innovation and support creativity by listening to the concerns of those that live in Grambling and making sure our resident’s needs are taken care of as priority while keeping the greater good of the city in mind.”

Q: What is your education background?

“Bachelors in Political Science from LSU and Masters of Public Administration from Grambling State University.”

Q: What type of experience do you have?

“I’ve been in politics for the past 15 years. During my time at LSU I worked on Capitol Hill and with the LA State Senate under former Senator and now President Rick Gallot. I am currently running for a 2nd term on the Grambling City Council.”

Other ballot items

Secretary of State

The candidates:

Kyle Ardoin (REP)

Heather Cloud (REP)

“Gwen” Collins-Greenup (DEM)

A.G. Crowe (REP)

“Rick” Edmonds (REP)

Renee Fontenot Free (DEM)

Thomas J. Kennedy III (REP)

Matthew Paul “Matt” Moreau (NOPTY)

Julie Stokes (REP)

District Judge

3rd Judicial District Court, Division C

The candidates:

Monique B. Clement (REP)

Bruce Hampton (REP)

U.S. Representative
5th Congressional District

The candidates: 

• Ralph Abraham (REP)
• Billy Burkette (IND) 
• Jessee Carlton Fleenor (DEM)
• Kyle Randol (LBT)

Statewide referenda

The following are statewide amendment options that will appear on the ballot.

 

CA NO. 1 (ACT 719 - SB 31) -- Prohibit felon from public office (Amendment No. 1)

“Do you support an amendment to prohibit a convicted felon from seeking or holding public office or appointment within five years of completion of his sentence unless he is pardoned? (Adds Article I, Section 10.1)”

 

CA NO. 2 (ACT 722 - SB 243) -- Unanimous jury for noncapital felonies (Amendment No. 2)

“Do you support an amendment to require a unanimous jury verdict in all noncapital felony cases for offenses that are committed on or after January 1, 2019? (Amends Article I, Section 17(A))”

 

CA NO. 3 (ACT 717 - SB 263) -- Permit donations from political subdivisions (Amendment No. 3)

“Do you support an amendment to permit, pursuant to written agreement, the donation of the use of public equipment and personnel by a political subdivision upon request to another political subdivision for an activity or function which the requesting political subdivision is authorized to exercise? (Amends Article VII, Section 14(B))”

 

CA NO. 4 (ACT 720 - SB 59) -- Transportation Trust Fund (Amendment No. 4)

“Do you support an amendment to remove authority to appropriate or dedicate monies in the Transportation Trust Fund to state police for traffic control purposes? (Amends Article VII, Section 27(B)(1))”

 

CA NO. 5 (ACT 721 - SB 163) -- Extend eligibility for tax exemptions (Amendment No. 5)

“Do you support an amendment to extend eligibility for the following special property tax treatments to property in trust: the special assessment level for property tax valuation, the property tax exemption for property of a disabled veteran, and the property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a person who died while performing their duties as a first responder, active duty member of the military, or law enforcement or fire protection officer? (Adds Article VII, Sections 18(G)(6), 21(K)(4) and (M)(4))”

 

CA NO. 6 (ACT 718 - SB 164) -- Reappraisal of residential property (Amendment No. 6)

“Do you support an amendment that will require that any reappraisal of the value of residential property by more than 50%, resulting in a corresponding increase in property taxes, be phased-in over the course of four years during which time no additional reappraisal can occur and that the decrease in the total ad valorem tax collected as a result of the phase-in of assessed valuation be absorbed by the taxing authority and not allocated to the other taxpayers? (Amends Article VII, Section 18(A) and (F))

Local referenda

The following are a list of propositions that relate to the City of Grambling

PW Fantasy Sports -- Authorize Fantasy Sports Contests - Act 322, 2018

Shall fantasy sports contests be permitted in the parish of Lincoln?

City of Grambling Prop. No. 1 of 3 -- 5.30 Mills Renewal - M&CC - 10 Yrs.

Shall the City of Grambling, Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the “City”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 30 and 32 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to renew the levy of and collect a tax of 5.30 mills on all the property subject to taxation in the City, said mills to represent a 1.2 mills decrease over the 6.50 mills authorized to be levied through the year 2019 pursuant to an election held on October 4, 2008 (an estimated $72,781.69 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) for a period of ten (10) years, commencing with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, for the purposes of paying a part of the cost of improving and maintaining streets in the City?

City of Grambling Prop. No. 2 of 3 -- 4.48 Mills Renewal - M&CC - 10 Yrs.

Shall the City of Grambling, Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the “City”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 30 and 32 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to renew the levy of and collect a tax of 4.48 mills on all the property subject to taxation in the City, said mills to represent a 1.02 mills decrease over the 5.50 mills authorized to be levied through the year 2019 pursuant to an election held on October 4, 2008, (an estimated $61,521.00 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) for a period of ten (10) years, commencing with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, for the purposes of providing additional support to the Grambling City Police Department?

City of Grambling Prop. No. 3 of 3 -- 26.100 Mills Renewal - M&CC - 10 Yrs.

Shall the City of Grambling, Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the “City”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 30 and 32 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to renew the levy of and collect a tax of 26.100 mills on all the property subject to taxation in the City, said mills to represent a 5.9 mills decrease over the 32.00 mills authorized to be levied through the year 2019 pursuant to an election held on October 4, 2008 (an estimated $233,038.72 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) for a period of ten (10) years, commencing with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, 35% of the proceeds to be collected by the City for the levy of the tax to be used for the purposes of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating works of public improvement for the City and the remaining 65% of the proceeds of the tax to be used for providing additional support to the Grambling City Fire Department?

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