BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The last 25-years, Tenika James has called Baton Rouge home.
She’s a veteran’s daughter, mom of two beautiful girls, a small business owner and also a mentor
James said, she’s witnessed the challenges currently facing East Baton Rouge parish and know her contributions could make a difference.
“It’s not about being a politician, for me it’s about being a servant to people and all I can do is what I know and that’s serve people” said James.
The small business owner is seeking the Metro-Council’s District four seat, hoping to bring what she calls overlooked issues to the table.
The journey getting to know Tenika, started in the heart of district four with something near to her heart, a small business.
“She wants to help people, it’s in her genes that’s why I like her” said Sal Ahmed, Owner of LA Uniforms.
“She definitely cares about the community 100 percent, I know that” said Theodore Chapman, Owner of LaRouge.
James said, often small businesses are forgotten and it is her mission to ensure they get a seat at the table.
“W e need to make sure that also, small businesses receive their fair share of city-governmental contracts. that’s from veteran owned business like la uniforms here and also minority owned businesses” said James.
Over the years, Baton Rouge has seen its share of accidental shootings involving children. As a mother of two, she said, she’s ready to tackle gun safety.
“I stand strongly with the citizens of our community that chooses to have a gun or firearm in their home. Of course, the demand is that it’s registered. I also support the fact that you have the right to have that firearm in your home, but I’m going to do everything i can to make sure mandates are in place” said James.
“To have someone who’s vocal about not only having your firearm for self defense but then to everything, education that it takes is very important to me” said Assistant Manager and Firearms Instructor, FRC, Manuel Luna.
Her platform also includes economic development, mental health and tackling blight.
She said, her experiences in life has helped her work with people that are sometimes overlooked. She adds, those experiences taught and gave her a greater gratification for life today.
For James, representing her district is more than job and goes beyond political party. She said, her life’s mission is to serve and she plans to do just that.
” I stand for all people in my district and for all people in my community. What that means is, someone who is compassionate, someone who understand what it takes to be able to make our city a better place. It’s someone who’s not afraid to make those tough decisions. You can place me anywhere with anybody and I will get results” said James.