PORT ALLEN — Mayoral candidate Kirby Anderson promises, if elected, to focus on beautification, crime prevention and children’s education.

The 57-year-old Democrat said he also wants to restore the public’s trust by working diligently to create a human resources department within the city’s administrative fold that will handle the concerns of all city employees.

“I am a Christian man, a family man and a hard worker,” Anderson said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “I will work hard to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the city of Port Allen that will benefit all of the people.”

Anderson faces fellow Democrats Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter and incumbent Roger Bergeron in the Nov. 6 primary.

Anderson is a Port Allen native and retired teacher. He taught at Port Allen High School for more than 30 years and, in 2010, completed the Louisiana State Board Private Investigation Course at Delgado Community College.

He is the son of Curtis and Agnes Anderson. He said his mother was the first black woman elected to the West Baton Rouge Parish Council and his father, now deceased, served as a parish councilman for three consecutive terms.

Anderson said he is a “man of the people” committed to serving the residents of Port Allen with honesty, integrity and leadership.

“My major concerns are the education of our children, summer and evening enrichment programs for our children, fair and equal employment ... and the growth and development of our city,” he said. “Through my parents’ legacy of working in city government and my own thirst for knowledge, I understand city government and the budget process. I am prepared to take on the challenges of running the city of Port Allen.”