One on One With Troy Carter

Candidate for Louisiana 2nd Congressional District

Edwin Buggage

Editor-in-Chief

The race for Louisiana 2nd Congressional District is in full swing as voters are heading to the polls for early voting that ends on April 17th. The run-off election is on April 24, 2021, and Data News Weekly is encouraging all to get out and vote.

Data News Weekly caught up with State Senator Troy Carter, who is a candidate and finished first in the primary to speak about his campaign.

Troy Carter & Terry B. Jones
“We feel optimistic heading into the run-off after a very strong showing in the Primary,” says Carter. Also, he spoke of how he’s built a strong coalition heading into Election Day. “It’s about connecting with voters and reaching them with our message.”

Carter has an ambitious agenda, “If elected I will work to expand access to quality and affordable health care, access to COVID-19 vaccinations and stimulus relief for all Americans with an emphasis on small businesses and individuals. Eliminate the ever-inflating student loan debt that is such a burden to students from working families. Fight for Criminal Justice Reform, environmental justice, equal pay, and a living wage for all Louisianians. Champion reproductive rights to ensure that government allow women to make 100% of decisions concerning their health. Continue to advocate for our citizens living with disabilities. Reduce police misconduct. Strengthen our community safety and homeland security from threats both foreign and domestic.”

The Carter Campaign is resonating with voters from all walks of life across the 2nd District. He’s also been endorsed by Cedric Richmond, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District office for a decade and now is a Senior Advisor in the Biden Administration and is endorsing Troy Carter.

“I am proud to have a broad coalition of support from local elected officials from up and down the district. Garnering these endorsements is a testament to the relationships that I’ve built during my career in public service and my ability to work with others to provide meaningful and tangible change to strengthen our communities.”

On the federal level, I am proud to have secured the endorsement of the outgoing Congressman, Cedric Richmond, sitting members including Rep. Bennie Thompson, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, CBC Chair Joyce Beatty, Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep Filemon Vela Jr, and Rep. Andre Carson, among others. Locally, I am proud to have been endorsed by State Senators: Joseph Bouie, Jimmie Harris, Paul Connick, Greg Tarver, Ed Price. State House Representatives: Jason Hughes, Ken Brass, Randall Gaines, Rodney Lyons, Kyle Green, and Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. I’ve also been endorsed by local organizations including; LA Democratic Party, IWO, LIFE, SOUL, AFL-CIO, Alliance for Good Government, and JPDEC.”

Speaking of his experience of building bridges of co-operation and getting things done Carter says, “As evidenced by my numerous local endorsements, I have a proven track record of cooperating and negotiating to get things done. While fighting for what’s right is important, I understand that this is not a zero-sum game.”

“As the Minority Leader of the Louisiana State Senate, I can tell you that we don’t always have the votes to get everything done that we would like to. However, that doesn’t stop us from choosing our battles and doing what we can to help our constituents, this is why I file a yearly billion raising the minimum wage and enacting anti-discrimination legislation.”

The District as is many across the country is suffering as a result of COVID-19. This is something that Carter plans to address if elected.
“People are hurting from both the COVID-19 Pandemic and the ever-present epidemic of racial injustice. With that said, I know that we must do what we can to help people immediately. Empty slogans don’t pay bills”

Voter turnout is important, and Troy Carter is encouraging all to get out and vote, so that he can go to Washington D.C. and serve the people of the District and get things done.

“Exercising one’s civic duty and voting is paramount to a strong Democracy. As we learned from our past two presidential elections, it is on all of us to do our part and vote. When the margins are so slim, and the consequences are so big – people must vote and make their voices heard. I would be humbled to have your vote on April 24th. I’m proud of my career as a public servant. I have always, and I will always, fight for you.”
“We feel optimistic heading into the run-off after a very strong showing in the Primary,” says Carter. Also he spoke of how he’s built a strong coalition heading into Election Day. “It’s about connecting with voters and reaching them with our message.”

“I am proud to have a broad coalition of support from local elected officials from up and down the district. Garnering these endorsements is a testament to the relationships that I’ve built during my career in public service and my ability to work with others to provide meaningful and tangible change to strengthen our communities.”

State Senator Troy Carter is a candidate for Louisiana 2nd Congressional District.

Speaking of his experience of building bridges of co-operation and getting things done Carter says, “As evidenced by my numerous local endorsements, I have a proven track record of cooperating and negotiating to get things done. While fighting for what’s right is important, I understand that this is not a zero-sum game.”

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