Mayoral candidates in the March 27 election are incumbent Raymond Harris and longtime City Councilman Kenny Scelfo.
would "push for the best police department ever.
Public safety is one of the things you have to have, if you want people to stay here.
I will sit down with everyone in that department and listen to their suggestions."
He said his work as a reserve police officer gives him "a pretty good feel for what will work in our community and what will not."
Scelfo said he would look at the possibility of developing a detective division in the police department, as well as a juvenile division.
"These people will have specialized training to solve the worst of our crimes," Scelfo
"The best training, the best equipment available.
While they are taking care of that, other police officers will have their training so they can interact with the community and have the best training to work with everyone fairly and equally."
said the pay scale must be upgraded to keep good officers.
said good drinking water is critical to the city.
"Water pressure and water tower levels need to be kept at a safe level in case of fires," Scelfo
"We need to keep trained personnel at our water plant…we all need to have training with the electrical equipment, generators and switches and they need to be maintained weekly."
Stopping storm surges must be done on the "front lines, not in the neighborhoods where it was first started," he
"We now have a levee board that is moving in the right direction with floodgates and is building up our levees.
Money that was received from the state to the city is now in the right place."
pledged cleaning out of catch basins and ditches year-round, not "in the middle of a storm, when it's too late…our storm water pumps in Pecan Acres need to be maintained.
Automatic transfer switches need to be installed in the event of a power loss.
We need to send personnel out there to keep the suction of these pumps clean at all times."
said installation of a rainwater pump off Willow Street needs to be done soon as well.
Large portable pumps should be in place until that pump is installed permanently, he
Jobs are desperately needed, he
"As mayor I will be active in this area," he
said using historic landmarks and marketing them will bring tourism and tax revenues.
said local developers should be encouraged to develop new housing to accommodate new residents, and clean, well-maintained recreation centers, and programs tailored to the needs of everyone, with suitable hours.
"We as a city will work with you, not against you," he
"When people have jobs they feel better about themselves, they can get the things they need and want for their family.
That's what we desperately need here."
said the city should keep in touch with businesses working or locating in the area and training people for their needs.
"We need to keep our city working forward," he