LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – 6 out of 7 candidates running for the 3rd Congressional District seat took part in a forum Wednesday night at the Picard Center, hosted by One Acadiana.
They discussed a variety of topics affecting Acadiana.
On the Republican side, incumbent Clay Higgins and Josh Guillory were there.
For the Democrats, Mimi Methvin, Rob Anderson and Verone Thomas attended the forum. Larry Rader was not there.
Libertarian candidate Aaron Andrus also participated.
This debate centered around Josh Guillory repeatedly attacking Congressman Higgins for not living in the district, and Higgins’ voting record to increase the national debt.
But Higgins says his Office is one of the most conservative in Washington and the District is on the right track, along with the country under President Trump.
While Mimi Methvin believes it’s time for a Democrat to be in the House.
“I wanted to run a grassroots campaign of just a regular person running by the people, for the people,” said Rob Anderson (D), 3rd Congressional District Candidate.
“I think we need a Libertarian voice in Washington,” said Aaron Andrus (L), 3rd Congressional District Candidate.
“Our District deserves to have in Washington what we once had, and that is a true and adequate voice,” said Josh Guillory (R), 3rd Congressional District Candidate.
“The fact that we’re all solid Americans, by the fact that you’re here means you’re paying attention,” said Congressman Higgins (R).
“I want to bring to Washington, my skills as a mediator,” said Mimi Methvin (D), 3rd Congressional District Candidate.
“Basically we don’t need anymore band-aids, we need real legislative action,” said Verone Thomas (D), 3rd Congressional District Candidate.
From topics including infrastructure, the economy, national security, education and the workforce, among others…
But tensions rose when Guillory questioned Higgins on a few issues.
“There’s a lot of members in our District that do not realize, that you do not live in our District. Congressman who are you going to vote for in Congress?” said Guillory.
“I the culture and communities, that the Higgins family has lived within for 200 years,” responded Congressman Higgins.
Methvin believes it’s time for a Democrat to hold the seat.
“My ability to fight for policies that will work for average people in Louisiana and not just special interests,” she said.
But Higgins doesn’t see a Blue Wave coming when midterms arrive in less than 3 weeks.
“Even if we decrease the seats we hold in the house, but hold the majority and pickup just 2 or 3 seats in the Senate, which I believe we will. It’ll make legislation much more navigable, and the President is prepared to sign any conservative bill that advances the cause of America, that we get to his desk,” said Higigns.
In regard to infrastructure, the I-10 bridge in Lake Charles and completing the I-49 corridor was one of the most pressing issues raised by the candidates.
Most of the candidates also stated that they would try and reach across the aisle on different issues, however Higgins says the Democrats have been known to obstruct.
The Primary is set for November 6.