SHREVEPORT, La (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport attorney Tom Arceneaux says he is running to be Shreveport’s next mayor because he is very passionate about the city and has the experience to directly take leadership at City Hall.
“I think Shreveport is at a critical time in its history and needs mature, experienced leadership to help it move to the next level,” Arceneaux said.
The Republican is one of nine candidates running against incumbent Mayor Adrian Perkins.
Arceneaux says he has invested in the betterment of the city of Shreveport since the late 1980s, volunteering with the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Task Force in 1981. He is no stranger to public service, having been elected to represent District C on the Shreveport City Council from From 1982 to 1990, he was assistant city attorney.
He currently works at the law firm Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts, specializing in commercial law. He also serves as state attorney in many municipalities. For 13 years, Arceneaux served on Highland Restoration’s Board of Directors, five of which he served as board chairman.
Since announcing his intention to seek the city’s highest office in February, Arceneaux said his administration will work to improve economic development, inspire youth and curb crime.
This includes working closely with the Shreveport Police Department.
“The biggest thing to do is to keep as many police officers as possible in investigative and enforcement duties.”
He also plans to engage the citizens of Shreveport by holding weekly meetings with residents and law enforcement to build trust in the communities and “find out what’s going on and find out if there are issues that are creating friction between the police department and the people in the neighborhoods.” .”
Early voting begins on October 25 and runs through November 1, except Sundays, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election day is November 8.