Well things are starting to get heated up in Shreveport! We have several City Council Races that look to be pretty interesting, and who knows what will happen with the Mayor’s race??
District B has 3 contenders already: Jeff Everson (D), Sheva Simms (D), and Craig Lee (D).
I have met Lee previously and was struck by his personal style- as a Communications Major I am taught to look at appearance as a form of communication… Mr. Lee is almost 40 but he dresses like a college student: Bob Marley shirts, Rasta hat, dreadlocks… his appearance just doesn’t inspire any confidence in him as a business person.
I also attended Everson’s announcement, and immediately liked him. Although his is a Democrat, and has previously worked for Scary Mary, he seemed very kind, focused, and intelligent. I think Shreveport could greatly benefit from a younger, fresher point of view on issues.
I have yet to meet Mrs. Sims, but if I do, I will share my opinion with you all!
District C also has several candidates, possibly including current councilman Micheal Long (he of Thrill Hill fame). Caddo GOP Parrish Executive Council Vice Chairman Harold Coates (R), is planning on running. Coates is a very good personal friend of mine, and I wholeheartedly support him in this race. He is smart, caring, informed, responsible… any positive adjective you can imagine- he is it! He will make a great Councilman!
Disctrict D… will be interesting! Rumors are still swirling about Bryan Wooley running for Mayor against Glover, but nothing official has ben released from Wooley. Regardless, there is a Democrat in the race- New York Life Financial Advisor Michael Corbin. I met him at Everson’s announcement party, and he seemed like a nice enough guy… I keep seeing his face all over the area on NY Life billboards.
And there might be a nice surprise in District D… some of you may know what I am talking about. We will have to wait on Wooley to announce his plans in order to see what Republicans come out to play.
I haven’t heard anything about the other districts, but somehow I don’t expect Calvin Lester to be unopposed. Bowman is most likely safe, she can definitely handle any challenge. Joe Shyne… well the man has nice hats. Ron Webb is a staple in his district, I don’t anticipate a real challenge.
Now onto the Mayor’s race:
Glover (D) has been… interesting. Between gun rights, missing money, MORE missing money, buying unneeded vehicles with police money, denying police raises, not staffing a firehouse for quite some time, and multiple other mini scandals- this is going to be a good year to challenge him. Add to all that the Republican anger over recent incidents in Washington, and you get a perfect storm of political tension. If a Republican was going to run for ANY office, right now would be the time to do it.
Other possible entries are Bryan Wooley (R), Chris Gorman (R), and Parker Ward (who knows? ).
Wooley probably has the best chance of producing an upset, but still has another term available on the council, and may bide his time. He would make a MUCH better Mayor than Glover though, and I hope he runs. He has been the people’s voice on many issues, and will continue to represent us either as Mayor or City Councilman.
More recently I’ve heard inklings of Tango Trucking big-wig Chris Gorman running. Gorman ran an unsucessful congressional campaign in 2008, against now-Congressman John Fleming. Gorman certainly has the bankroll and supporters to challenge Glover to a good fight, but his lack of experience in politics might be a problem.
And on a “Third Party” ticket is likely to be the ill-advised Parker Ward, a teen with big ideas, but poor timing. I predict that his Facebook campaign will fall apart before the real players get down and dirty. He may get 100 votes max, but would be better off not jumping in the fray. He has alienated many potential supporters by launching attacks against the GOP, the Caddo PEC Chairman Jimmy Allen, and has changed parties from Republican, flirted with the Conservative Party, and finally landed with the Libertarian Party. He claims support from the Ron Paul led “Campaign for Liberty.”
Things are getting interesting, and I can’t wait to see how everything shapes up. As things progress, I encourage each of you to get involved with a candidate, and help get conservatives elected! Anything you do can make a difference!
After hearing from several sources that Council hopeful Michael Corbin is a Republican I am officially acknowledging my mistake here! Michael, if you read this- my bad!