James Noriega Jr.

Former Candidate for City Council District 3

Your Questions,
Answered

How will you promote sustainable economic development that doesn’t add to consolidated government’s financial burden, and diversify the local economy?

James Noriega Jr.

Economic development needs solid infrastructure to work. We must improve our roads and address drainage and flooding issues. When these issues are addressed, we can actively pursue businesses to relocate or come back to Lafayette. Our culture of good hard working people definitely is a catalyst for economic development. We have lost so many oil-related jobs because of the decisions of our governor. Hopefully with a change in state leadership we may be able to have some of these jobs return.

How will you use your position of influence to improve public education for children in our district?

James Noriega Jr.

I believe we need to make sure to elect solid leaders to the School Board. Good board members will ensure improvement of our children's education. If there is a reason for the council to influence the School Board that would have to be made on a case-by-case basis.

How will you address budget constraints in consolidated government, including the parish budget, from your position on the city council?

James Noriega Jr.

As a business owner and a family man, I address budget constraints all the time. The city only has so much money, and we must prioritize our spending. I do not want any more taxes! We as a city must learn to live within our budget.

What will you do to fund the repair and improvement of roads and other infrastructure in our district and how will you prioritize them?

James Noriega Jr.

I think we need to prioritize the high traffic roads. The roads with the most traffic are the ones that get damaged the most from the high volume of traffic on them. Other roads should be prioritized on the severity of the damage to the infrastructure. I believe we need to look at the budget and find the money that can be moved from other locations in the budget in order to improve our infrastructure. No new taxes.

What will you do to invest in drainage infrastructure and develop policies and strategies for stormwater management in our district?

James Noriega Jr.

We have had many consultants giving strategies for storm water management and drainage. I believe we already have the information we need to make good decisions. The river does need to be dredged, according to the experts. I think the council needs to apply for funds that are available from the state and U.S. government and begin the conversation with the Corps of Engineers to start the process. Inaction in this matter is not prudent at this time.

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