BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — When it comes to choosing the next city leader, residents say the candidates will have to take on some big issues.
"We're looking for someone who is concerned about the issues that Baton Rouge is having and expanding our city and making us have a great city," says Kelly Collins.
A lot of residents want to see safer streets.
"I want to see them working strongly with the law enforcement and trying to come up with different ways and different tactics. If the crime would go down, that would be great," says Clifford Nichols.
They're also hoping something can be done to better the education system in the parish.
"I do have children that are in school, and I'm concerned about the education levels that they're receiving and the safety because some schools are experiencing issues with guns and the fighting," Collins explains.
Even folks from neighboring parishes are keeping tabs on the election, and the current mayor's decisions.
"We're from Ascension Parish. We're not from here, but I think he spends a lot of money," says Gail McClure of Mayor-President Kip Holden.
Nichols says he's okay with the leadership right now. "The mayor is doing a great job. He's been in the office for a long time. He's accomplished a lot of good things. Is it time for a change? I don't know."
McClure says yes, it's time for a change.
"I think I'd like to see someone else get elected Mayor," she says. "I think they could make things better."
Everyone just hoping that whoever gets or keeps the job will make the city a better place to live. That election will happen in November.