District 3 is blessed with an abundance of green space, including two first-class recreational facilities, and quality of life is very important to our community. I believe that all of our municipalities have done a great job of expanding access to recreation. I believe we, as a parish, need to partner with these individual municipalities and work together pulling in the same direction. I am a proponent of green space availability; however, this should only be a focus second to drainage, roads, and basic infrastructure. The quality of life in District 3 is one of the highest in the entire state and in Lafayette Parish, and I would be proud to represent the citizens of District 3.
I've spent the last 4.5 years as a school board member, working hard to make tough decisions that have improved our public education system in Lafayette Parish. This duty belongs in the hands of our elected school board representatives, not the Parish Council. However, as a parish councilman, I will indirectly be involved in decisions regarding public education in my district. With two children in public school and a wife who is a teacher in Lafayette Parish, I will continue to be an involved parent and husband. As a current school board member, I recognize the value of input from the community, so as a parish councilman I plan to give my input as needed.
How will you ensure that public resources are provided equitably and promote opportunity for minorities?
I have a track record of fairness in my personal life and as a school board member and will promote equal opportunities and fairness for everyone.
What will you do to fund the repair and improvement of roads and other infrastructure in our district and how will you prioritize them?
Road improvements are one of my top priorities. I will consult with civil engineers to determine where the needs are the greatest. We would first need to examine parish revenue and determine how much funding is dedicated to the parish needs. Secondly, I will request funding for priority road improvements from the parish council. If funding is not available, I will work with our state and local leaders to identify potential funding sources. We should also make common sense decisions as it relates to the feasibility of some of the lingering projects.
What will you do to invest in drainage infrastructure and develop policies and strategies for stormwater management in our district?
Storm water management in the parish needs to be looked at in a regional manner. I will communicate with the Army Corps of Engineers, our local congressmen, experts in the field of hydrology and others who have vast knowledge about how to address our drainage needs. I plan on implementing holistic polices that will both prevent and mitigate flooding. I will immediately begin working with my fellow council members and staff to identify re-dedication opportunities and wasteful spending. We must prioritize and get back to basics. This is exactly what I was able to do as a School Board member, and I'll bring that same level of common sense to the Council.