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Political novice Provenza to enter Shreveport Mayor's race

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The Shreveport Mayor's race is about to get more interesting.  A new candidate will formally announce her bid Sunday.

Victoria Provenza says she'll run as a no-party candidate, though she did serve as a Republican delegate in Colorado.  She's never held elective office.  She currently teaches computer science at Byrd High School.  She moved back to her hometown of Shreveport five years ago when she brought her geographic information systems business here.

The following is an edited transcript of her interview with KTBS 3's Gerry May:

GM: "Why are you running for mayor?"

VP: "As I became more politically active in Shreveport in various organizations I really saw that there was a need to return more of a business value to leadership and thinking that's the most important and those are the skill sets that I can offer the city."

GM: "So what  are your priorities if elected mayor?

VP: "One of the things we have to do as a community is we have to build amenities to attract businesses, not only for the business itself, but for the workers that they're going to employ."

GM: "What about some of the issues that this city faces right now? 

VP: "My first plan in addressing the streets and sewer issues would actually be a combined plan because one is actually causing destruction of the other."  

GM: "You're running as a no-party candidate. Why?" 

VP: "The political parties and partisanship is an impediment to progress. And also I want to be a voice for all the people. And I feel the best way to do that is by not being affililated with a saffiliatedty." 

GM:  "How big of a step is this for you to run for, not just elective office, but the mayor of this city?" 

VP:   "I don't think of it as that big of a step. (laughs) It would be a great honor and I think that I would serve the city well. But in my capacity of programs that I've managed before with budgets and so forth it's very similar in line to me professionally, what I've done." 

(end of transcript)

Provenza plans to leverage social media and the internet to carry a low budget campaign.  Here's how KTBS 3 political analyst Trey Gibson sizes up Provenza's chances:

"I think she certainly seems intelligent. She's got a lot of managerial experience. I think not having political experience is going to hurt her. She's got to have an effective organization to be able to win,"  Gibson said. 

Three Democrats -- Roy Burrell, Ollie Tyler, and Patrick Williams say they're running for mayor.  No Republicans have announced.

Qualifying is next month.

Provenza will formally announce her campaign Sunday at 5 pp.m. at Mandina's Grill, 830 Fannip.m.eet, in downtown Shreveport.

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