One thing voters in Senate District 6 won’t have to worry about is their senator voting for new taxes.
The two candidates for the seat, Mack “Bodi” White and Mike Mannino, both of Central, have strong anti-tax platforms they say will help encourage economic growth in Louisiana.
“I believe our state can best grow its economy by cutting taxes, extending incentives to our business to expand and hire local workers,” White said.
White also said the incentives must be coupled with strong ethics enforcement to maintain a good image for the state.
“I am in favor of restructuring the tax structure in this state,” Mannino said. The first step is to repeal the state income tax, he said.
“They came close the last time,” he said. “It’s a step in the right direction.”
Mannino said the key to economic growth can be summed up in one word: education.
Specifically, Mannino said he favors increasing the number of technical colleges.
White said he supports returning more tax dollars to local governments, including in education.
He advocates “giving greater control to local communities who seek to declare their independence from low-performing districts,” he said.
White pointed to the Central Community School District, which he said he helped create.
“I recently supported giving our universities greater autonomy so they can manage their budgets more wisely, shift dollars to priority areas and maintain the integrity of their academic programs,” he said.
White said focusing on education would help reduce poverty in the state.
“I’ve also worked to strengthen career and technical education opportunities in our schools that connect our students to real jobs,” he said. “The communities that are among the fastest growing in our state are anchored by strong public education systems.”
Mannino said the greatest single issue facing District 6 is infrastructure.
“This is a fast-growing part of the state,” he said. “Roads are becoming increasingly jammed with traffic. It’s a multi-parish problem that needs to be addressed.”
Mannino said he favors the Hooper Road Extension, which would create a fourth Amite River crossing between East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, but he does not favor the creation of a loop.
For White, the single greatest issues for District 6 is job creation.
“I believe the district is a prime area for job growth in the coming years,” he said. “It bridges the Baton Rouge metropolitan area to the North Shore.”
EDUCATION: High school diploma.
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.
MACK ‘BODI’ WHITE
55, real estate agent.
EDUCATION: B.S., Southeastern Louisiana University; graduate study, Loyola University.
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State representative 2003-present, House District 64.
WHERE TO VOTE
Ward/Precinct and location
East Baton Rouge Parish
1-98 Wedgewood Elementary
2-6 Northeast Elementary
2-8 Gas Utility District 1
3-1 Grace United Pentacostal Church
3-2 Cornerstone Fellowship
3-3 Woodlawn Baptist Church
3-9 St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
3-12 Riveroaks Elementary
3-15 Shenandoah Elementary
3-16 The Runnels School
3-21 Southeast Middle
3-22 Woodlawn High
3-25 Central High
3-26 Bellingrath Hills Elementary
3-28 Forest Park - BREC
3-30 Tanglewood Elementary
3-32 Eastside Volunteer Fire Station
3-33 Woodlawn Elementary
3-34 ITI Technical College
3-37 Cornerstone Fellowship
3-38 Woodlawn Middle
3-43 Shenandoah Elementary
3-45 Woodlawn High
3-46 Bellingrath Hills Elementary
3-47 Crosspoint Baptist Church
3-53 Woodlawn Middle
9 Fire District No. 11 Station
St. Helena Parish
4-1 Highway 16 Voting Booth
4-2 Montpelier Fire Station
5-1 Hillsdale Fire Station
40 Hammond Fire Station No. 3
40A Hammond Fire Station No. 3
42 Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center
42A Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center
45 Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center
45A Baptist Fire Station
46 Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center
47 Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center
48 New Hammond Fire Station No. 2
49 Hammond City Council Annex
70 Ponchatoula City Hall
70A Ponchatoula City Hall
71 Ponchatoula Log Cabin
72 Ponchatoula Community Center
72A Ponchatoula Community Center
73 Ponchatoula Junior High
74 Ponchatoula Junior High
117 Independence Fire Station No. 2
121 Midway Elementary
121A Midway Elementary
125 Midway Elementary
127 Natalbany Middle
127A Natalbany Middle
133 Baptist Fire Station
133A Baptist Fire Station
137B Baptist Fire Station
139 Tangipahoa Parish Government Building
141 Hammond Area Vocational School
149A Ponchatoula Fire Station No. 3
151 Vinyard Elementary