by Marion Marks
Being called out for campaign signs mounted on the roof of his new headquarters at 1302 Youree Drive that lacked proper permits should have brought immediate remorse and apologies from a candidate whose record is being questioned. But the response to the challenge only made for confrontation and a small show on social media by some of his vocal supporters.
Permits didn’t start as the issue. Rather the question Williams should personally answer is how an elected official can enforce permit regulations when his campaign starts out disregarding the law and refusing to acknowledge that they are in violation? If elected Shreveport’s next mayor, Williams will be expected to uphold and protect the laws and charter of the city. Among those laws are permit regulations and building codes, both among violations that have plagued the current administration and other elected officials.
It’s time to make every candidate and elected official responsible for their conduct and also anything done in their name or within their office or campaign. Citizens need to become more involved in upgrading standards for our community by demanding accountability and transparency. This is part of the democratic process and expectations of community engagement.
Now, which public official(s) should be demanding proper fees be collected and penalties assessed?