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Three of the four candidates for the District B race for City Council have confirmed that they will attend tonight’s Freret Neighbors United meeting to answer residents’ questions, the group said.

LaToya Cantrell, Dana Kaplan and Eric Strachan have all confirmed their attendance, according to an email from the group.

“This meeting is all about learning who’s running for City Council District B in the upcoming election,” the email states. “Bring your questions, and you can ask them yourselves!”

Cantrell and Kaplan shared the floor briefly Monday evening at a meeting of The New Freret business and property owners association. Kaplan described her view that small businesses are crucial to economic development that creates new job opportunities for young people and reduces crime. Cantrell talked about the role of neighborhood associations in promoting growth and hiring from the neighborhood, as well as fighting blight to reduce crime. Both stressed the need for a City Hall that is more responsive to the needs of small businesses.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. (Tuesday, Sept. 11) at Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street.

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