How will you increase the presence of police patrols to combat violent crime and drug activity in our district?
While our police department is experiencing a shortage of officers and it takes a year for training, we will work to employ community-based watch systems.
How you will provide better access to quality housing and address delinquent and predatory property owners?
Since many of the houses in District 5 are rental properties, I will educate the constituents on rental rights and hold landlords accountable for maintenance of their property. I will work to bring affordable mixed/upper income houses, which also encourages growth.
How you will navigate competing interests and opinions on hot-button social issues that periodically come before local government?
These situations will happen in government. I will listen to my constituents while working to find a place of compromise on the issue(s).
How will you improve the conditions of our roads and provide accessible and more diverse transportation options like public transit and safe paths for bikes and pedestrians?
I will work to make sure federal grant monies allocated are dispersed in areas needed most concerning infrastructure. I will re-evaluate the transportation system we currently have to make them safer and more community friendly. I will implement the Adopt-A-Road program with DOTD throughout District 5.
How you will you work to reverse economic decline and bring access to good jobs and better housing in our district?
My plans to reverse the economic decline include looking for creative ways to educate the current job force (i.e. promoting workforce development) while preparing the future job force for upcoming trends in industry (i.e. increasing school-based career programs) and also while attracting businesses who desire to come to our district (i.e. addressing the crime rate and blight). I will refuse to allow any more funds allocated and budgeted for our district to drain into other districts. Also, I will work closely with LEDA, DDA, Louisiana Workforce, local developers, and private stakeholders. My focus is to bring value-based businesses that create good jobs with benefits and a living wage.
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