The City Council races in the November 4 ballot could put 5 new faces on Shreveport’s legislative body; all council races are contested except for District C (Oliver Jenkins) and District D (Mike Corbin). Willie Bradford (District A) and Billy Wayne (District G) clearly stand out as the most qualified in the big field of candidates seeking a seat on the Council.
Bradford is challenging Rose Wilson-McCullough who is seeking reelection. The daughter of a highly respected civic leader, Rose has proven to be a disappointment to her district much like her prior service on the Caddo Commission. McCullough’s biggest accomplishment is dedicating most of street bond revenue money to the repairing of the avenue named after her dad.
District A encompasses the entire Cooper Road area (now known as Martin Luther King Drive area), North Highlands, Cherokee Park, and a portion of Cross Lake. This minority district is one of the poorest areas of the city, and the MLK area has long lacked adequate roads and infrastructure, job opportunities and a decent quality of life. Its elected Council representatives including current Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover have failed to recognize the need to work cohesively with the mayor, the Council and other elected officials to bring meaningful changes to the MLK area as well as the district as a whole.
Bradford is a proven community leader and a long standing advocate for social progress. He is an accomplished speaker and he is respected in all circles, – – white and black, rich and poor. Bradford’s intelligence, principals and political courage can not be questioned, and he would be an immediate positive change for the Council – – not only for his district but the entire body.
Billy Wayne hopes to win the District G seat currently held by Sam Jenkins, who is running for mayor rather than re-election. This newly restructured district is a very disjointed gerrymandered district that virtually defies description. It encompasses 23 precincts with 73 % black voters and it stretches from Pines Road and Greenwood Acres to Queensborough. [Billy Wayne’s FLYER]
Wayne has 33 years experience in public education and he has degrees from Grambling and LSU Shreveport. He is the chief executive office of Urban Support Agency which provides after school tutoring programs and education enrichment opportunities for Caddo public education students. He is the past president of the Fairway Forest Neighborhood Association and the West Shreveport Alliance.
Wayne, like Bradford, realizes aggressive leadership is not only needed for the City Council, but also the entire city. He understands the dynamics and diversity of his district, and the compelling need to work closely with all elected leaders to improve the economic vitality of the city. Wayne has worked with both state and national officials and his past experience equips him well to represent his district.
Bradford and Wayne are examples of a new breed of committed public servants who are great examples to all entering the political arena. Both have distinguished themselves which community service as well as in the business arena; their records reflect their commitments to social progress. Both Bradford and Wayne are qualified to represent any district in the city, and those politically motivated voters seeking better government for the entire city should support their election efforts no matter where they live.