Lynn Austin – no
It boils down to this. Lynn Austin comes off as “one of the good ole boys” and unfortunately most of us have had enough of that. Yes, a candidate needs friends in many places, but Lynn is correct. He has a long history with the Bossier Parish and Bossier City governments. Maybe too long.
If Lynn is a staunch supporter of an “internet crimes task force”, then he needs to have a better handle on the technology. Don’t tell me you are taking the lead on something when you are a borderline spammer using government resources to further your political campaign.
Sammy Wyatt – yes
His answers are fairly succinct and Sammy seems to have an energy for the job. When Matt asked about “substance abuse” concerning Johnny Wyatt’s death, Sammy gave a great answer.
“He made a mistake and unfortunately he paid the ultimate price…He was one of the best marshals I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.”
Also, as Jim Wells reported on his Facebook page, Sammy gave another class answer when asked “With the unfortunate circumstances of Johnny Wyatt’s death, do you drink, do you take prescription drugs, do you wear your seat belt, do you speed and if you are elected, do you promise not to do these things – or to do what you should and not to do what you shouldn’t?”. As I commented to Jim, that was a stupid combination of questions to ask (video link here – thanks Matt)
Johnny Wyatt was a close friend of mine and I would much prefer that we remember Johnny Wyatt for what he did for the children of Bossier City and for the citizens of Bossier City instead of remembering him for one mistake he made for which he suffered the ultimate consequences”. — Sammy Wyatt
This shows character and respect for a friend.
I also think that Sammy’s time in the private sector may give him a slightly different perspective than the other candidates who are career law enforcement.
Carl Richard – maybe
I’ve watched Carl’s speeches. If Sammy Wyatt wasn’t my choice, then Carl would be. He has plenty of experience directly in the marshal’s offices for Bossier City and Shreveport. He also seems like a personable guy.
This is a tough call. He has some great ideas on efficiency in the Bossier City office. Carl also has the endorsement of the Shreveport Times, which may help him in some circles but won’t sway my opinion.
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