Baker candidates on display

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 11:07pm

Elections loom March 24 for the two most important jobs in the City of Baker. Over a hundred people crowded inside the Municipal Auditorium Thursday, to hear candidates for mayor and police chief.

Mayoral candidate Leroy Davis vowed to bring down utility rates if elected.

"Most pressing issue is utility rates, water rates, and meters," said Davis.

Monteic Sizer said he would focus on economic development to bring change to Baker.

"I believe the economic development apparatus can be stronger than it is," Sizer said. "I believe the public education system can be stronger than it is."

Incumbent Mayor Harold Rideau said the city has made progress in the years that he's served in the top spot.

"What we did here is create partnerships," Rideau said. "Partnerships with council, partnerships with department heads."

Candidates for police chief included Frederick Chappell, who vowed to form what he called a better police department.

"Community policing," Chappell said. "Take care of elderly and make sure everybody feels safe."

Silas Geralds said better administration and supervision is the most important thing for law enforcement.

"Because that's where you have contact with the community and personnel you supervising," Geralds said.

Chief Mike Knaps made his pitch for re-election, and said his officers use the best equipment money can buy, thanks to grant money he's been able to find.

"We're still one of the safest cities," Knaps said. "And as long as you allow me to be police chief, we'll continue to be that way."

Early voting starts Saturday, March, 10.

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