Editorial/Op

Who Gets My Vote?

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CENTRAL FIRST BlackBI’ve been asked hundreds of times in the past few months who I support in the various election races. Conventional wisdom says that candidates need to stay out of all the other races. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not very conventional.
First and foremost, I support Dave Freneaux in Council District 3, (that’s me), and that is also why the rest of the Council races are of special importance to me. I hope to be serving with the winners for four years, and I can be much more productive if candidates who see Central the way I do are elected.
This next position will hardly come as any surprise. I simply can’t support the re-election of the current Mayor and Council. Mayor Shelton and Council Members Fralick, Evans, Vance & Messina have spent four years making major decisions that I do not believe are in the best interests of the City of Central.
Disagreeing with their decisions is not mudslinging or character assassination; I just believe Central would be better served by electing a completely new Council and Mayor. I do appreciate that these citizens have given their time in serving the city, but I would like to appreciate some different citizens for the next four years.
So will I “endorse” certain candidates? No, but I will be telling you about some candidates with whom I would feel privileged to serve on City Council. Other newspapers “endorse” candidates because the newspaper owners don’t live here, and consequently won’t have to live with their decisions, and won’t have to serve alongside them. I won’t “endorse” anyone, but I can have an opinion as a citizen of Central and a candidate.

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  1. Richard Torregano

    October 25, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Could you post this political announcement?

    Please vote for Richard “RPT” Torregano, #44, for US Representative, 6th Congressional District.

    I believe that Congress is broken, dysfunctional, inefficient, and new independent representation is needed. I have a platform that most middle-class Americans should appreciate. A famous president once said, “ask…what you can do for your country”. I respond by running for US Congress and state that “running for elective office must be the epitome of living in a representative democracy”. I have a plan, a method to accomplish it, and my head and heart are in the right place.

    I have been a resident of the Baton Rouge/Destrehan/New Orleans area for the last 67 years, except for 4 years while in the US Marine Corps. I was a Radio Battalion Marine, had a top-secret clearance, while stationed at Camp Geiger NC. I joined the La Air National Guard in 1980 and retired in 1999 as a Captain. I have a BS degree from UNO and a BS degree from Louisiana Tech University. I have worked as an electronic/instrument technician with numerous companies before retiring in 2017.

    I am just a qualified as the incumbent, but uniquely more qualified because I am a retired veteran, have two college degrees, independent in decision making (not tied to any party), have a better plan to save the Louisiana coast by redirecting the “Federal GasolineTax”, have a better plan for Louisiana commercial fishermen by calling for a Louisiana water pipeline to divert Mississippi River floodwater (see my website at rpt501.com). Also, I will not accept any money from any PAC or special interest group and I support the Anti-Corruption Act.

    But, no matter how creative and intuitive my platform maybe, I am not under the illusion that any of my proposals listed in my platform will come to fruition given the 50 +1 votes required for the passage of these proposals. So that is why my campaign slogan is, “The Status Quo – Must Go”. Therefore much new blood is needed in Congress. If elected, I would make it my elective promise to see that I would replace about 30% of Congress with independent representation, especially with members of the clergy (mostly retired, rabbis, pastors, ministers, priests, nuns, etc.) that could agree with most of my platform proposals. Since the clergy is educated, trustworthy, ethical, experienced, especially in personal and community problems, these new Representatives and Senators could provide the new direction needed to overcome the stalemate and gridlock in Congress.

    I need your help, l need your support, I need your vote, so help me help you and all middle-class Americans.
    Vote for #44 Richard “RPT” Torregano, Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District

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