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Gwen Collins-Greenup looking to become first African-American woman elected to statewide office

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - A runoff to become Louisiana's next Secretary of State is set for Saturday, December 8.
 
It's between Democratic candidate Gwen Collins-Greenup, and Republican candidate Kyle Ardoin, who's currently serving as the interim Secretary of State.
 
Collins-Greenup was at the Clifton Chenier Center Wednesday night, as part of her "All Access Visibility Tour" across the state.
She met with voters, and talked about issues affecting the state and her goals if elected.
 
The Secretary of State serves as the Chief Election Officer of the state, the official state archivist, and hte keeper of the great seal of the State of Louisiana.

The Office also records all business filings, which is important for jobs and economic development.
Gwen Collins-Greenup sat down with News 10 for an exclusive interview, saying she has the experience for the position.
 
She got to the December runoff with little money for advertising and no backing from her party.
 
"I guess it was a surprise to most people in the political sphere, it wasn't a surprise to me," said Gwen Collins-Greenup.
 
She's a minister, small business owner, wife, mother and lifelong resident of Louisiana, currently residing in Clinton. She says her platform is people powered.
 
"By running a grassroots and social media campaign, I was able to reach out to Louisianians in a way they haven't been reached out to in years," Collins-Greenup said.
 
She's served as Legal Secretary with the State Department of Labor, a Deputy Clerk with the East Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court, among others.
 
"Having those diverse experiences, as well as the passion for this Office (Secretary of State), I believe I'm the appropriate candidate, the people's candidate for Secretary of State," she said.
 
Collins-Greenup is coming into an office previously held by Tom Schedler, who resigned back in May over sexual harassment allegations.
 
"If the leadership has a culture of sexual harassment, it will continue. But I will not have a culture of sexual harassment, because I won't tolerate that," said Collins-Greenup.
 
Her number 1 priority if elected into office, is to increase voter participation.
 
"By engaging schools and communities organizations and having that voter education and outreach.
My second priority will be the implementation of Act 636, which allows people who are formally incarcerated, and on probation and parole to vote," said Collins-Greenup.
 
Her third priority is to try and get new voting machines across the state.
 
"That will have a voter verified paper trail, that prints out and gives people peace of mind, that the vote they casted is the one that is counted," she said.
 
Collins-Greenup also says she supports making Election Day a holiday, to give everyone an opportunity to exercise their right to vote.
 
If Collins-Greenup wins, she would be the first African-American woman to be elected to statewide office in Louisiana.
 
On Thursday night at 10, KLFY will have a one-on-one interview with the interim Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin.

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