• 2020 City Candidates


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  • Candidate Responses

    Questionnaires were sent by certified mail to the address each candidate listed as their mailing address with the Clerk of Court's office. Please click on a name to read the response for each candidate. Responses are posted as they were received. 

    Candidates for the Mayor of the City of Natchitoches

    David "DJ" Kees Jr. - Received by the deadline

    Lee Posey - Received by the deadline

    Ronnie James Williams Jr. - Received by deadline

    Candidates for City Council District 3

    Demetrius Fruga - No response

    Sylvia Morrow - Received by the deadline

    Christopher Petite - Response received

    Carl "Doug" Sias - No respnse

    Candidates for City Council District 4

    Lawrence Batiste - Received by the deadline

    James Below Jr. - No response

    Walter E. Johnson Sr. - No response

    Rosemary Washington - No response

    Candidates for City Council Member at Large

    Don Mims - Received by the deadline

    Betty Sawyer Smith - Received by the deadline


    Mayor / City Council Candidate Questionnaire

    1. Budget: What are your budgetary priorities?

    2. Experience: What experience do you have with complicated budgets and management?

    3. Changes and Reform: In your view, what has the city done well over the last four years? What opportunities for improvement do you see?  Please provide specific examples.

    4. Representation: [For City Council Candidates as applicable.] You represent a specific part of the city of Natchitoches—how will you balance the needs of your specific constituents with the needs of the city overall?

    5. Economic Development: What in your opinion are the most significant hindrances that prevent businesses from locating in Natchitoches, and how do you plan to address them?

    6. Capital Outlay: What specific projects do you see as critical components of our capital outlay plan? What projects do you see having the highest return on investment?

    7. Tourism: Tourism in Natchitoches is an important factor of economic development.  What do you think we’re doing well in promoting Natchitoches externally, and what other opportunities do you see in bringing outside visitors (and their pocketbooks)?

    8. Safety and Security: What do you see as the biggest threat to the safety and security of Natchitoches citizens, and in what ways do you plan to make our city safer.