Mayoral candidates share their vision

Two candidates vie for the title of Grambling’s mayor. They are Robert Wiley and Edward Jones. To galvanize voters, the men shared why each believes he is the ideal choice for the city. Voting will take place Nov. 2. The citizens of Grambling should vote for someone who understands finance and will bring financial integrity to the town, said Robert Wiley.

“We have had unsuccessful audits,” Wiley said, before adding that Grambling missed funding opportunities at the state and federal levels because of this.

“We have to get our finances in order,” said Wiley.

“With my finance and accounting background, I am the candidate to do that.”

He said that if elected, there will be financial transparency.

Wiley said that the city’s spending would be assessed in terms of salaries and frivolity to prevent misspent funds.

Regardless of who they vote for, exercise the right that our forefathers died for, Wiley said.

“Compare candidates. Look at qualifications and abilities rather than kinship, friendship and rumors,” Wiley said.

“I am the candidate who has the eight years of municipal experience,” Edward Jones.

“I am a staunch Democrat. My opponent is a no party candidate.”

Jones said that most of Grambling’s citizens are registered Democrats.

Jones also added that if elected he would involve Grambling citizens and Grambling State University faculty, staff and students in the decision-making process.

He said that students, citizens, GSU faculty, staff and students would be involved in economic development and said that he would push for an “iron-clad budget.”

Jones said if he is elected, one of the first orders of business will be to complete an audit of the city’s expenditures and receivables.

Jones said that he would work collaboratively with GSU to create internships and summer employment for students.

“I want to make sure that the city of Grambling is able to provide its citizens with the goods and services the citizens need to sustain themselves,” said Jones.