Being creative in attracting new and expanding businesses is a priority for Paul Brumfield, a challenger for the District 7 seat on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council in the Nov. 6 election.

A lifelong resident of District 7, the Democrat said residents of the district can achieve economic stability through new businesses, jobs and affordable housing.

“We must be creative,” Brumfield, 56, said. “I would really like to jump-start the economy.”

Other issues such as crime, infrastructure, roads, public safety and community services also are affecting residents of the district, he said.

“The people of Baton Rouge are giving up hope that Baton Rouge is a great place to live, work and play,” he said. “If people are afraid to live in or visit the city, it will never be a great city.”

Brumfield said a focus on basic services, including police and fire, must come first, as well as cleaning up blighted neighborhoods and creating safe communities.

“Despite the city’s stressed budget, quality of life must include an emphasis on safety,” he said.

Brumfield stressed his experience in community service with such groups as the Baton Rouge Rider’s Advisory Group, Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations and Citizens for Equality and Justice as key in his qualifications for the office.

Metro Council District 7 is a north-south district generally stretching from Clayton Drive and Sycamore Street in the north; Plank Road and North Acadian to the west; Bawell to the south; and Airline Highway, North Ardenwood Drive and North Foster Drive to the east. Brumfield is facing incumbent C. Denise Marcelle and challenger Hazel Bradley for the seat. All are Democrats.