I was born in New Orleans, raised in Los Angeles (Watts) and moved back to Baton Rouge in 1975.
I have been married to Bridget Toussaint Pitcher for 31 years, I am the father of 7 children and 6 grandchildren. I am an Ordained Minister (former Pastor), graduated from Southern University, Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. Worked for the Department of Children and Family Services for over 30 years. I am a Registered Social Worker, (RSW).
I have been involved in the struggle for Civil and Human Rights over 40 years. I am the past president of the Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Louisiana Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. I am the founder and former Executive Director of Save The Children, Inc. of Baton Rouge, the Community Alert Patrol, and the National Alliance for Social Justice.
I am currently the Founder and Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Fatherhood Initiative, which trains and develops fathers behind prison walls, jail cells and drug rehabilitation facilities to be productive Fathers.
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Rev. Reginald Pitcher for Metro-Council District 6
What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?
The Black Lives Matter movement is a comprehensive approach to dealing with systemic racism and historic inequity in the administration of justice. I fully support them in their efforts to bring about systemic change in the way black people and people of color are treated by Law Enforcement and the Judicial System as a whole.
What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?
To facilitate social and racial justice there must be an honest and candid discussion of historical and systemic racism, personal and institutional that currently exist. Until the beneficiaries of the current inequities are willing to admit that there is “White Privilege” and “Systemic Racism” there can be no real changes.
Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?
Yes, I am in favor of police reform. I support Community Policing and reallocation of funds. Community Policing must be done effectively, by freezing the rotating shifts to allow the community to get to know the officers and the officers to get to know and become familiar with the residents. Funds can be used to recruit officers who reflect the community they work in, through aggressive recruitment of African American and Hispanic officers. We could use some of the relocated funds to provide common incentives to attract quality recruits such as housing assistance, special educational opportunities, tuition reimbursement, relocation reimbursement, salary increases, etc.
What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you want to be done differently?
I think is has been a complete failure. The President was more concerned with maintaining and protecting profits as opposed to saving lives. He has mishandled this pandemic since day one. He refused to accept the advice of medical professionals and continued to push the country into opening against medical advice and before it was safe to do so.
I want the administration to pay attention to the advice of medical professionals and stop overruling their advice and attempting to discredit their research.
Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the stimulus?
Yes, I fully support more stimulus money being given to the citizens of this nation. Congress should provide the funding by either reallocation or by cutting or trimming nonessential programs.
What do you believe is the biggest issue constituents in the district you are running for are facing?
The most pressing issue facing District 6 is Drainage Infrastructure, Drainage Clearing and Drainage Maintenance. I will support the Mayor’s Stromwater Master Plan which is designed to reduce the probability of future flooding, protect property values, and ensure our families are safe. It will identify the areas throughout the parish which are more prone to flooding during heavy rainstorms, understand what caused the flooding and develop a solution.
What are the principles of your campaign and why?
My campaign is predicated on Honesty, Truthfulness, and Integrity. Honesty is the most important aspect of public service, it assures the constituents that you as a public official, will “say what you mean and mean what you say.” Truthfulness develops trust and assures your constituents that they can depend on you to keep your promises and to keep them informed if there is a change of plans. Integrity is maintaining a certain code of behavior that distinguishes you from others, by not lying, cheating, stealing, misrepresenting, or defrauding anyone under any circumstances.
Why do you feel that you are the perfect candidate for metro council?
I have lived in the district for over 21 years. I have been involved in community-wide, parish-wide, state-wide, and nation-wide activities for over 40 years. I have worked tirelessly to bring about change for the betterment of all our citizens, especially the minority community. I have pushed for job training, job placement and entrepreneurial opportunities for small and minority business. I have advocated for better health care and health care facilities. I have advocated for equal education and equal educational opportunities. I have advocated for meaningful police reforms and I have been steadfast in my commitment to service in all aspects of my life, employment, volunteer commitment, and spiritual dedication.