Back in November, incumbent Democrat Councilman Lamont Cole received 48% of the vote, Democrat Alfred Bell got 14%.
Metro Council candidate Bell grew up in Baton Rouge. He says he never imagined that he would run for elected office.
“I’ve lived here all my life, and I want to make a change in the area I live in,” Bell said.
Bell isn’t like most candidates, when he was younger he spent eight years in prison. He says he believes his past is what sets him apart.
“When you walked outside [there were] drug dealers, pimps, armed robbers, jackers, that’s what I [saw] going to school, and I became one,” Bell said. “I became a drug dealer because that what I [saw], so now I talk to people [and let] them know just because you see it does not mean you have to be it.”
Now, his mission is to help convicted felons transform their lives. He owns Bell’s Janitorial Service and his slogan is: Cleaning the world one building at a time.
“Somebody gave me a second, third, and fourth chance, so in my company, I hire second, third, and fourth offenders to give everyone a chance,” he said.
If elected, Bell says the first issue he would tackle in District 7 is blight and crime.
“It’s hard for a person to take pride in this area when you’re looking at all this blight and all of these abandoned buildings, it only breeds crime,” Bell said.
His family will be right by his side.
“He definitely has a heart for the community, and he knows the community,” Peggy Lede, his fiancé, said.
The runoff is Sat. Dec. 5. Bell says he believes he will prevail.