Here is a summary of the mayoral debate from this evening:
Both candidates agreed on property standards enforcement, open meetings laws, the importance of Community Renewal, getting bathrooms in A. C. Steere Park, and that a dog park would be great asset to Shreveport.
But things got contentious pretty soon when Wooley’s commercials were brought up. In my opinion, Glover sidestepped answering the questions about Mrs. Priest and her contract, instead taking the opportunity to blast unnamed members of the Airport Authority for trying to hinder progress. I find the idea of Mayor Glover trying to “change” the Airport Authority rather hypocritical considering that he rehired the Director after Joyce Bowman fired him. He did address this briefly saying that he only did this because he didn’t think it was proper of Mrs. Bowman to fire him while serving as interim Mayor. He didn’t give any justification at all for him deserving to keep his job based on merit.
Glover also didn’t impress with his answer on the Taro Harvey scandal that has been making the rounds on local blogs. He claimed that the names of some large donors were somehow mixed up with the names of paid campaign workers for election day. It seems to be a very weak excuse, with no verification possible. Interesting to note that he did admit to hiring a convicted felon, burglar, and drug user to work on his campaign.
For more information go to www.truthaboutglover.com
Other interesting questions:
One random question about Wooley failing to pay a $95,775 promissory note- he seemed amused by the question and said the asker must be confusing him with another Bryan Wooley.
And someone asked the candidates if either of them had ever had a restraining order against them. Wooley said that in the midst of his divorce there was one issued against him. He didn’t elaborate as to why, only saying that he and his ex-wife now have a cordial relationship for the sake of their three beautiful children. Glover said that he never had a restraining order against him, and went on to defend Wooley saying that sometimes divorces get messy and that things that take place in them aren’t a proper reflection of the people involved and that it was unfair to make this an issue. I agree and respect the Mayor for his words.
Overall I think both candidates did a good job, but for me Wooley was far superior, I felt that he answered the questions more directly and with less evasiveness.