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Race for Councilman at Large

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Election day is coming up, and Cenla is getting ready to make a decision. And not just about the next leader of our nation, but about the next leaders in our community.

It was an open forum debate for the City Councilman at Large race in Alexandria. We found out what's on voter's minds.

Election season is here, and that means the race to lead the Alexandria City Council is on.

Thursday night, the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Alexandria hosted a political forum for the candidates. Dozens showed up, and everyone of them had an opinion.

Carole Dayan: "What I'm hoping to hear from the candidates is what they think that they can do as individuals to bring the community together. To repair some of the damage that's been done over the years to this community."

Robert Johnson: "Hopefully something positive. What they'll do, what they're planning on doing."

Essie Iles lives in District 3. She says, it's about getting specifics from the candidates.

Essie Iles: "I want to hear answers. There have been a lot of projects started, but I want to see something that's completed."

She says she needs more than just words.

Iles: "Action. I like action. Not just lip service. Make things happen."

Pan-Hellenic council leaders say, questions like these are exactly why they're holding this debate.

Janet Thompson, president of NPHCA: We'd like for the community to be able to talk with the candidates, see what they're about, so they can have a better understanding of who they would like to vote for."

Topics of the debate ranged from utility services, to parks in Lower Third, to big business tax breaks versus tax breaks for individuals.

Thompson: "Where they're headed as far as what they'd like to do for the city of Alexandria."

After the debate, Essie Iles says she got some of the answers she wanted.

Iles: "Lot of work to be done."

So she says she'll keep following the election and keep an open mind as she searches for her next Councilman at Large.

Iles: "I'm going to still keep that hope alive. Because it's not over yet."

For all your election updates, check out the kalb.com's election page.

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