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?
In addition to road improvements, our roads need to be widened. We also have a great need for sidewalks throughout the parish; this would allow walkers and bikers a safe lane to travel.
How will you improve access to community services, health care, housing and a better quality of life for the disadvantaged in our district?
I would like to reach out to the state and federal levels to see what programs are available for the people in our community. I would also like to better advertise these programs and make them simpler for people to understand.
How will you promote sustainable economic development on Lafayette’s Northside that diversifies industry and makes our economy more resilient?
We would have to make the Northside attractive to businesses that would be comfortable with our roads, drainage and workforce that would promote a profitable end result for those businesses.
What changes to the parish budget and tax structure will you consider to stabilize finances, meet state mandated expenses and invest in parish infrastructure?
I have to get into the office, invest time into the accounting, invest time into the tax structure and see how we can appropriate the existing funds to funnel improvements to the weakest areas to start with.
How will you address blight, particularly widespread litter, the abundance of abandoned homes and adjudicated properties on Lafayette’s Northside?
On blight, I have no clue, that would be for a scientist to figure out. Although, if you give me enough time, I will figure it out. Litter is an absolute disaster in this town. I would increase fines to where they mean something for littering, I would have penalties for throwing cigarette butts out of vehicles, and I would have government employees dedicate a reasonable amount of time to organize groups to clean up the litter. I would also put forth a volunteer community effort to take responsibility for certain areas/roads to be kept clean. As for the properties: I would like to lead an effort to pool investors to create a non-profit to systematically obtain these properties, improve them and then sell or lease them.