District B Minden City Council candidates answer questions

District B for the Minden City Council has three persons running for that seat – Joey Frye, Damien Kemp and Levon “Charlie” Thomas. Webster Parish Journal emailed questions to all candidates and texted those who did not respond.

Below are the questions and answers from two of the candidates. Answers are presented in alphabetical order.

1. What are three steps you would take to improve the city’s financial stability?

Frye: Find more sources of income other than taxes and utilities, look for waste in small areas that may have  been overlooked and encourage new business that would create new tax revenue.

Kemp: Declined to answer to this question.

Thomas: Did not respond.

2. Minden has seen a steady decline in population the past couple of censuses. How would you stop it?

Frye: Market Minden as a bedroom community for Monroe, Bossier and Shreveport.

Kemp: We need more jobs and better houses in Minden. The only way to stop people from leaving is to bring jobs so people can stay.

Thomas: Did not respond.

3. What are the pressing needs in your district and how do you plan to address them?

Frye: Safety  of our citizens. Use cameras as much as possible to detour crime and support our police. Have a hot line to be able to report illegal activity anonymously. Consider a curfew for juveniles.

Kemp: In District B we need better roads, houses that need to be gone, somewhere that our kids are going to be safe.

Thomas: Did not respond.

4.What part do you intend to play in making this a cohesive, cooperative council?

Frye: Everyone should work together to make Minden the best it can possibly be. We should be able to put our personal agenda aside and work together for the good of our city.

Kemp: Any part that can make the city grow in the right way.

Thomas: Did not respond.

5. What do you see as top priority for the city and why?

Frye: Council unity  is an absolute must  for our city to be able to move forward.

Kemp: Utilities and crime. Why? Because Minden has utilities problems and need to be fixed so our people can be able to pay them with nor problem. Crime in Minden is bigger problem we have right now we shootinf (sic) that been goning (sic) on and it time to stop it.

Thomas: Did not respond.

The election is Tuesday, November 8.

Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the registrar’s office in the courthouse.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 4 by 4:30 p.m (other than military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.

The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 7 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

On election day, the polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are unsure of your voting precinct, please call 377-9272.


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