How will you increase the presence of police patrols to combat violent crime and drug activity in our district?
The Lafayette city policy is currently facing challenges concerning pay and retaining police officers. The safety of our citizens is non-negotiable. We have to insure that every measure is in place to protect our citizens despite the challenges. I will support our police department in every way possible to ensure that our community remains safe. I would like to explore all options when talking about reducing crime. This is critical to our community and economic resurrection.
How you will provide better access to quality housing and address delinquent and predatory property owners?
I have been in the business of homeownership for over 35 years, so this subject is very important to me. First, we have to stop the number of low-income housing developments on the Northside. I would advocate for more mixed-income housing developments. I would also support the creation of the Lafayette North Redevelopment Board as put forth in the Coalition of Black Organizations agenda. This board would focus on landing bank-owned properties and putting them back into productive housing for our community. Tenants have rights. I would promote continuing education for tenants so predatory property owners do not take advantage. Most importantly, access to better quality housing will come with economic development and higher wages.
How you will navigate competing interests and opinions on hot-button social issues that periodically come before local government?
I will be open minded and listen to both sides. I will also be respectful of the issue at hand. Ultimately, I will listen to my community and my own beliefs to make a determination on the issue. My focus will remain rebuilding the Northside economy.
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 improve our roads and pedestrian walkways by fighting and securing funding for our district. Secondly, planning and spending the funds in a way that is not wasteful and enhances the value of our district and city. I am in favor of expanding our bike paths where it makes sense. We must not force bike paths along dangerous streets and byways. I would be in favor of the scooters as a mode of transportation on a more restrictive basis and in certain areas. I would also meet with local residents who use public transportation for input on improvements.
How you will you work to reverse economic decline and bring access to good jobs and better housing in our district?
My number one priority will be the economic resurrection of District 5. I am confident that in a very short time we can gain economic victories. We must utilize every economic tool and utilize every economic agency locally, regionally and statewide. We will beautify the Northside so it is visually pleasing for a business to want to locate here. I will work closely with community leaders of the Northside to insure we are moving in the right direction. I will be an advocate for diversity in city government departments to insure that qualified candidates have the opportunity for good paying jobs. I will push to resolve the I-49 corridor as it is holding us economically hostage. I pledge to support and work with the school board to turn around our schools and work with the police to insure the safety of our citizens. This is vital to our economic growth. I will support improvement of the infrastructure for our downtown as it has value for business recruitment and expanded housing.
We must convert renters to homeowners. By educating the public on available programs, we can achieve increased homeownership. I will work with local banks, mortgage companies, Habitat for Humanity and other non-profits to coordinate this effort. Better housing will follow after we start scoring economic victories for District 5.
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