BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge's candidates for Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome and Bodi White went head to head during a debate hosted by the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday.
The candidates were hit with questions on top issues, one of them on community policing. Weston Broome said that she wants a better relationship between the two.
"I want a police chief who will be in sync with my vision to close the gap between law enforcement and the citizens of this community," Weston Broome said.
White said that he believes more officers are needed.
"I want to be able to pay our officers more, I want them to be in the communities--we need to hire one class almost immediately, there's 30 short right now," White said.
Both candidates agreed that the unification of the city is a necessity, but one conversation that the two differed on was the succession of St. George.
"My opponent didn't have a problem when Baker and Zachary had problems with their education systems and they broke off from East Baton Rouge Parish--she supported those two entities and voted for those two pieces of legislation," White said.
"It's certainly a contradiction to talk about unity and then talk about dividing our city and parish. That's a huge contradiction and let's just make the record clear. I am trying to bring together all of the people of this community whether it's north, south, east or west," Weston Broome said.
However, the two left the audience with a powerful message.
"Nobody understands this government better than I do and nobody loves this parish like I do," White said.
"This election is going to define this city and parish for years to come," Weston Broome said.
The two candidates will debate on Tuesday, Nov. 29th on WBRZ from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will also be live on WBRZ.com and Facebook.