The race for New Orleans Mayor is down to two candidates facing a November 18, 2017 runoff.  WYES-TV/Channel 12 invites voters to watch interviews with LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet.  WYES asked each candidate the same questions and placed a three minute limit on each response.

  • Question 1:

    What is your plan to increase New Orleans Police manpower and how will you produce a different result than the current adminstration?  And what has been the impact of the consent decree on policing?

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  • Question 2:

    What is your strategy to reduce violent crime and how will you pay for it?

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  • Question 3:

    What are your ideas to solve the crisis at the Sewerage and Water Board, short-term and long-term?

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  • Question 4:

    Recent flood events emphasize the need for sustainable water management. What parts of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan would you support and implement, and how would you pay for it? And would you promote water management and resiliency as potential growth sectors for the region?

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  • Question 5:

    What is the dollar figure for the City 2017 adopted general fund budget? Name the category that accounts for the largest piece of the pie and what’s the percentage? Because the City has a balanced budget requirement, in order to achieve your campaign promises, what tax increases or other revenue raising ideas do you propose or cuts do you propose?

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  • Question 6:

    Name TWO innovations, changes, or reforms of the current administration you might continue, and why?  And name TWO you would NOT continue, and why not.

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  • Question 7:

    What is your plan to increase affordable housing and what’s the impact of your plan on the Master Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance?

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  • Question 8:

    Do you favor expanding the size of New Orleans jail and what is your position on reducing incarceration?

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  • Question 9:

    Can the City repair all the streets in New Orleans in need of fixing – beyond what FEMA will pay for?

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  • Question 10:

    How will you support high-quality public education and wIll you address and fund efforts to expand early-childhood programming across the City?

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  • Question 11:

    What criteria will you use to decide if monuments should be removed, or public   spaces, buildings, or streets renamed?

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