“As I look around, there are still some things that are not where they ought to be in 10,” Carolyn Coleman echoes about the district she calls home.
Coleman is what some would call homegrown in District 10 as she’s spent her entire life in the area.
“I’ve lived in the district as I said right here for 23 years. I even attended school in this district 10. Perkins Elementary, McKinley Junior, McKinley Senior, Southern University and LSU.”
She previously ran for the District 10 seat in 2004, but didn’t win.
Her children assumed she would enjoy her retirement after working nearly 40 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, she decided to go for it again.
“I still have some more to give.When you have not finished your giving, you’ll know.”
She has hit the ground running ever since and she’s gotten to listen to residents who’ve felt neglected in the past.
“No one ever reach out to them. No on ever include them when things are going on. You’ve got to be inclusive. You must understand this is not about you.”
Her main focus in the area include safety, decreasing blight and job creation.
“When you look at ten, ten is a versatile and capable of being a very vibrant district. I know what the possibilities are for this district and I want to be apart of it.”
Coleman wants to also see more involvement with community policing.
“I say true community policing. I want the police to know the community and the community to know the police. I want the policeman to feel free to even say hey I want to live in my community.”
Even those who live in district say they want to see a change as well.
“All these rotten houses, tear down and rebuild,” says Louise Bell who has lived in the district for many decades.
“A lot of these abandoned houses need to be restricted, reformed and do something for these kids to get up out the streets,” Donavan Carey says when asked what he would like to see improved in the area.
Business owner Kirsten Roberson said she was initially located outside of the district, but moved back and see where the district is moving in a positive direction.
“We’re growing. I think we’re coming to a place where the crime is getting better. I think we’re coming to a place where we’re seeing housing developments, economic resources growing. I think it’s growing and I think we’re drawing more people near in district 10,” Roberson says.
The district that has shaped Coleman to the woman she is today is the same district she hopes to heal and push forward for the better.
“That which I started with, that’s what I’ll end with. The bottom line is I am capable, I am courageous, and I am committed. I want them to know that they can count on Coleman. I want them to know that each of them count.”