Politicians plead their cases at open forum in southern Baton Rouge

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:34pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:17pm

With elections looming, candidates are making rounds, and making their case to potential voters. The South Baton Rouge Civic Association hosted a forum Monday for all those who hope to represent the district.

Forum host Cynthia Jones said, "The main thing tonight is getting out what they think is important for south Baton Rouge community."

Mark Milligan is a democrat running for East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff; his opponent, Sid Gautreaux, holds that position, but didn't show to Monday's forum. For people who live in south Baton Rouge, the problem of crime, and ways to solve it, stands as an issue front and center.

Incumbent state senator Yvonne Dorsey and state representative Patricia Smith made their cases and defended their records in the legislature to dozens of people who live in south Baton Rouge.

Smith spoke about her fight for penal reform for those in prison. “Most people think the fight for penalty reform is soft on crime,” stated Smith. “I call it ‘smart on crime’, because it's a high budget for corrections."

Their opponents were no-shows on the night, but Jones says their message will still be distributed to those voters in the district.

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