Posted: Sep 21, 2011 10:15 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Sep 21, 2011 10:25 PM
Candidates in Acadia Parish had the chance to go head to head Wednesday night. The forum included candidates for State Representative District 42, Jack Montoucet and Anthony Emmons, candidates for Acadia Tax assessor, Mike Goss and James Petitjean, Clerk of Court competitors Robert Barousse and Larry Lege, as well as those running for Ccadia Parish Police Jury.
One of the more hotly contested races is for State Rep. District 42, between democratic incumbent Montoucet facing off against challenger and republican Emmons. Key talking points included the economy and jobs.
"I'm asking you to give me another four years to represent you to continue the work and further the work that we've been doing when it comes to economic development, those things don't happen over night," said Montoucet during the forum.
Montoucet is one of the few remaining democrats in office, and he's hoping to keep it that way.
"We've helped the poor, we've helped and looked at, made commitments on economic development. We've delivered that," said Montoucet after the debate.
Emmons, a new-comer, is running on conservative values, especially when it comes to jobs.
"And we've offered a specific plan to brings jobs not just to the State of Louisiana and create new ones, but also to create manufacturing jobs by reducing over the next four year period the corporate income tax on manufacturers in our state," said Emmons.
He talked big about the natural gas industry and its importance in Louisiana during the forum.
"Natural gas is the future of our state whenever it comes to a large portion of high paying jobs," he said.
Neither candidate took many jabs at one another, except when Emmons said he was the only candidate that resides in Acadia parish. And both agreed on the importance of increasing jobs in manufacturing. However, Montoucet had a more positive outlook on the unemployment rates in Louisiana.
"We are open for business, we are ready for business, and we want to do business above board," said Montoucet.
Whereas Emmons said too many Louisianans are out of a job.
"If we would just start promote manufacturing because of the low cost of the dollar and our skilled workers we have here," said Emmons.
And voters will find out if District 42 will remain a blue district, or make the switch to red, come election day on October 22nd.