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Meet the Candidates: District 31 State Representative

Posted: 6:26 PM, Nov 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 19:33:37-05

It's down to two in the race for the District 31 seat in the House of Representatives.

Conservative Gus Rantz will face conservative Jonathan Goudeau and each man believes he's the best candidate for the job.

Gus Rantz believes his experience owning and operating a business across several states can directly correlate to fixing some of Louisiana's issues.

"My background is taking over hospitals and businesses that are too broke to go bankrupt. And you do that through a lot of hard work and a lot of tough decisions and a lot of know how...it's a skill that's developed. You're not just born with that, it takes making some mistakes. I think that's a unique quality we've been very successful doing this all over the country and I think the state of Louisiana desperately needs somebody who knows how to turn around an operation."

Meanwhile, small business owner Jonathan Goudeau says his deep involvement in the community would help him to succeed in Baton Rouge.

"Not only am I a small business owner of 28 years, but my 19 years of law enforcement serving the community. I want to give back to the community. What's important to me is to serve them. I'm ready to do that. My kids are grown. We're having fun in life. Everything's great. So it's time for us to give back to the community," explained Goudeau.

And both candidates have plans in place for their first steps if they take office.

Rantz explained, "I would desperately want to make sure that I'm involved with the money because if you don't control the money, you have no power over the agencies, so my goal would be on appropriations to bring some accountability, a little justification for all the tax dollars we're spending."

"I'm going to hold two town hall meeting. One's going to be for the residences, one for the businesses. We're going to talk about what's important to them again, what they want to see me take to Baton Rouge to get drainage fixed, to get jobs back to Louisiana. But i want to hear them personally one on one and I want them to know that I am listening," said Goudeau.

Election Day is November 16.