EBR mayoral hopefuls take on crime in race’s closing days

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Deep in a mayoral race’s campaign advertising blitz, crime is topping the list of talking points.

Both candidates in the runoff for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish claim they’re the ones best suited to address recent crime waves.

“Day One on the job, we took action on public safety and policing,” incumbent Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in a recent campaign advertisement.

“You know who doesn’t commit crimes? People who get to go to a job everyday,” Carter said in a campaign ad released earlier this fall.

And they’re not just saying it on screen.

“This is an issue that we have been working on for quite some time,” Broome said Tuesday at a news conference promoting the BRPD’s role in a crime camera program for the city’s Sherwood Forest Neighborhood.

At a Baton Rouge media forum Monday, Carter painted himself as the candidate most able to curb violent crime.

“We have an opportunity to reach 450 murders in a four-year period,” he said. “We need people to understand how important it is that they lock their cars, because that’s where these people are getting the pistols and guns to commit these crimes.”

But political pollster John Couvillon questions whether discussing crime will sway undecided voters either way in the mayoral race’s final days.

“There can be a narrative set that Baton rouge is not as safe as it used to be,” Couvillon told BRProud.com in a recent interview. “But I’m of the opinion that the time to do that — or to have done that — was yesterday, so to speak.”

Election Day is Dec. 5.

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