BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud News) – There’s no question about where home is for Lamont Cole
“I grew up right here. This is where we lived, 2825 Jackson avenue” said Cole.
The long-time community servant received his college degrees from both LSU and Southern University, but his educational journey in Baton Rouge started at a young age
“This is where I spent a great deal of my time growing up because I was a student here from 1984 to 1987” said Cole.
He said, the land that houses Capitol Elementary School is favorite place in the world because on those grounds, his life came full circle.
“You know how people say, my dream is to do this my dream is to do that my dream is to make a million dollars, my dream is to own my own business. My dream was to be the Principal of Capitol middle” said Cole.
The incumbent is seeking re-election for the Metro-Council’s District 7 seat. It’s the very district he says, is unlike any other.
“I believe in the spirit of the people because it’s the spirit of the people in District 7 that helped me grow to be the man I am today” said Cole.
As an educator and advocate, Cole’s impact is present in his district.
“Lamont was a shorty with a jhericurl” said the owner of Benny’s.
Cole said, it’s the history and faith in his district that keeps him fighting becoming emotional when speaking of one of his former students who is now a buiness owner.
“As an 8th grader, turn around and be a business owner while I’m the council person. That’s what’s it about. All of that other stuff? That’s what’s it about, to keep people like him off the street. He’s providing jobs for the community, that’s what makes me proud, that what makes me happy and that why we continue to do this” said Cole.
His platform includes tackling crime, blight and a list of other issues he says his district faces.
“We have to work with our Mayor’s office to create a comprehensive drainage program that includes consistent regular maintenance. We have to continue along this path of blight remediation so that we can put properties back in commerce and than blight elimination.”
Cole said, the past four years has been memorable, providing the community with events and being the change he promised to be.
As voters head back to the polls, he said, he has hope in District 7 because home is where the heart is.
“We hadn’t done it all and there’s still a whole lot of work to do but the only way we learn to do the work is by actually doing the work” said Cole.