After tonight’s debate, I caught up with the mayorial candidates in attendance and I asked all three of them the same exact questions. Here’s Mayorial candidate Dr. Dan Kyle.
Louisiana Conservative: What do you consider Baton Rouge’s most pressing matter?
Dr. Dan Kyle: Right now our most pressing matter is our schools. Until we get some schools that when people move to Baton Rouge they don’t have to pay for private education, we’re not going to be able to attract people to Baton Rouge.
LC: How would you improve the traffic and infrastructure?
DK: I would widen the interstate from the Mississippi bridge out to the split and then I would widen the overpasses going out to New Orleans.
LC: You said the other thing was crime in Baton Rouge. How would you lower the crime rate?
DK: I can cut the budget two percent and put 100 more policeman on the street, and the visibility of police is the best deterent to crime.
LC: City finances and taxes, what do you think needs to be done?
DK: Well we don’t need to increase the taxes. I think what we need to do is scrutinize the budget, look at our priorities and utilize the dollars that we are receiving now.
LC: Do you plan on voting for the bond issue? Why or why not?
DK: Absolutely not. I think it’s wrong, and we’re going in the wrong direction. Most of those projects can be paid for out of existing funds and we don’t need an aquarium park downtown.
LC: What qualifies you to be our mayor?
DK: I think my background being finance and having success in running the legislative auditor’s office. This is a government agency, it’s not a business and there are succinct differences.