Hello. My friends at Jacques Barack wanted me to say a few words to you. There is an important mayor's race in Alexandria and it will chart the course for Alexandria for the next decade. I gave a speech back on October 19, 2008 where I said, "...we have got to say to the world, it doesn't make any difference who you are or what you are, if you're an American, you're an American….[W]e have got to stop this kind of nonsense, pull ourselves together and remember that our great strength is in our unity and in our diversity."
These words are just as true for Alexandria as they are for America. I know many Alexandrians find it difficult to vote for an African American candidate, but I ask you to look not at the color of the candidate's skin, but what he or she stands for. Alexandria's current mayor is a divisive, highly partisan man who has accomplished nothing in his 4 years. That is not what Alexandria needs. When team members are always fighting with one another, the competition wins. In the last 4 years, do you think that Alexandria's status has improved as compared to Lafayette, Monroe, or Shreveport? Alexandrians must work together to achieve greater things. I encourage you to ask yourself which candidate will work the best with his or her peers. Which candidate can actually get things like drainage projects done? Then you will have your answer.