Adrian Perkins was sworn in as Shreveport’s new mayor on December 29.
The Shreveport City Council was also sworn in on that date. With four new council members joined three incumbents..
In his inaugural address Perkins emphasized the need for unity in the city. He said the city was stronger when citizens work together. He emphasized that everyone in the community will have a seat at the table during this administration.
Perkins likened economic inequality, crime, and outdated infrastructure to a log jam just like the 180 mile Great Raft on the Red River that Capt. Henry Shreve removed. And he promised to work tirelessly to remove these obstacles, one log at time.
At the first city council meeting on that same day he addressed the council as his teammates. He promised to work with them, not against them and to keep them involved in this administration.
He concluded his inauguration address by stating that together the city could forge a new vision. His family upbringing, his education and military experience, and his attitude promise new hope for the city.
Hopefully all citizens of Shreveport will embrace the new mayor and new council, give them time to make progress and support them one hundred per cent.
(This article was published in The Shreveport Sun on Thursday, January 10, 2019)