District 8 Candidate: Wendell Piper

Metro Council Candidates

Biographical Information:

As a faithful and dedicated lifelong public servant, I have not only served the citizens of Louisiana in times of disaster, but I have also played an instrumental part of the recovery effort in Texas, New York and Florida. Amid my administration career, I was afforded the opportunity to successfully manage well over $250 million dollars in disaster related grant funds. With the possession of these transferable skills, I intend to utilize my ability to assess the needs of the community while bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the district.

Throughout the duration of my career in disaster recovery, I have witnessed devastating and traumatic times for so many people around our country. Baton Rouge is no stranger to this. When a disaster strikes, it is nondiscriminatory and not prejudice to certain areas and jurisdictions. It affects everything, and everyone in its path. However, find solace in knowing that it is after the storm when the rainbow appears. For that is when you discover everyone from all walks and spectrums of life conjoin for desirable and astounding results. This is what my campaign is built on; resiliently and courageously uniting together to acquire the success and wellness we seek as a whole. We can and will do better. We will build together as one community; one district, one city, and one parish.

Personal Information:

I am a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. I came to Baton Rouge to go to college at Southern University 20 years ago, and I am still in Baton Rouge today. I met my wife at Southern and in 2012 we got married. I graduated twice from Southern; in 2003 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and in 2006 with my Master’s in Public Administration.

Campaign website/Facebook/Social Media: www.wendellpiper.com/wendellpiperforEBRMetroCouncilDistrict8

What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?

 I am in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. I am a black male, and as such understand the movement’s purpose. This matter is an issue of equality and fairness that all races and ethnic groups are fighting for.

What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?

Fairness across all systems. It starts with the Educational system, then Judicial fairness as well. If we had systemic equality for all things, this city, state, and country would look and be different and be better.

Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?

Yes, I am in favor of police reform. Continued training for officers on de-escalation of situations. Transparency with the department. Community involvement and more positive public interactions.  

What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you want to be done differently?

The United States could have done a far better job with the Coronavirus pandemic. I would have promoted and mandated the use of wearing masks from the highest held office – The President of the United States. I would have been more transparent and upfront about the seriousness of the pandemic and not downplayed for political gain. This pandemic is not political, it is deadly. 

Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the stimulus?

 Yes, for those in need. Certain industries were hit very hard from the pandemic and people lost jobs desperately needed to survive. Congress can carve money from some part of the budget. But by no means they should not raise taxes.

What do you believe is the biggest issue constituents in the district you are running for are facing?

 The incorporation of the City of St. George. Continued Infrastructure projects with growth of district.

What are the principles of your campaign and why?

  • Inclusion of all
  • Representation for all
  • New Generation of leadership – A new fresh approach to old problems

Why do you feel that you are the perfect candidate for metro council?

 I am running to bring balance to the council. I have the ability to reason and a spirit of unifying people. I feel that with my career experience in disaster recovery, working in highly charged environments to meet objectives has prepared and makes me the perfect candidate. 

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