How will you provide better transparency, accountability and efficacy in consolidated government generally and manage the politics of government by two councils?
I will implement the Louisiana checkbook so that citizens are able to see where their tax dollars are being spent. I will work hard to make sure that the two councils meet at least once a month in a joint session. I will attend council meetings in Scott, Duson, Carencro, Broussard, and Youngsville. I will work with our media partners to keep citizens informed about government activities in the parish and city. I will ensure a cohesive government that responds to the needs of the people.
How will you increase patrols in neighborhoods that suffer high concentrations of violent crime and drug activity?
I think the key issue is bringing economic growth to high crime areas. People who have steady work and opportunity are less likely to commit crimes. We need to reduce crime by providing economic opportunity.
How will you provide access to more transportation options such as bike and pedestrian infrastructure and public transit?
We need to improve our roads. Lafayette does not need additional bike lines. The high was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit today—I don’t see pedestrian transportation as being practical.
How will you address costly land use development patterns that have made our community more vulnerable to environmental and economic disaster?
I fully support individual liberties, property rights, and repealing burdensome regulations and codes that are driving away jobs.
Lafayette has suffered from a failure of leadership in our schools. We need less of a top down approach and instead return to having principals and teachers making decisions in the classroom. We need less central office involvement and definitely less state involvement. We need to drive parent engagement and we need to empower teachers to enforce discipline standards in the classroom. We need to get back in the practice of letting teachers teach.
How will you improve the quality of life for our community’s most disadvantaged, provide good housing and address widespread blight, litter and vacancy on Lafayette’s Northside?
We have to take advantage of the opportunity zones that were part of President Trump’s tax cuts. We need to encourage community engagement involvement. Every week, my husband and I spend our Sunday mornings picking up litter around our neighborhood. Since we started, the amount of litter has dropped tremendously. We have to encourage people to take pride in their neighborhoods. Lafayette used to get awards for being a clean city. I want to get Lafayette back to being clean enough to receive awards.
What changes to the parish budget and tax structure will you consider to stabilize finances, meet state mandated expenses and invest in parish infrastructure?
Prior to addressing anything with regard to the structures of the city or parish budgets, we have to address the transparency issue. The people of Lafayette no longer trust that their government is wisely spending the money allocated to them. I will implement the Louisiana Checkbook so that taxpayers can see where their tax dollars are being spent.
How will you diversify the local economy and bring prosperity both parishwide and into the city’s urban core?
We must take advantage of President Trump’s tax cut and Secretary Carson’s opportunity zone initiative. Bringing jobs to economically depressed areas is a key component of the Marcotte Priorities.
How will you achieve economic and environmental sustainability in improving and maintaining our roads and our electric, water and wastewater utilities?
The Lafayette economy must continue to diversify into industries other than oil and gas, but at the same time we must ensure that the jobs we are bringing in are high paying, middle class jobs that our residents can fill. I will work hard to attract manufacturing, medical, and technology jobs.
What will you do to invest in drainage infrastructure and develop policies and strategies for stormwater management in both the city and parish?
Drainage remains a serious and significant threat to the people of Lafayette. As Mayor-President, I will work with our regional partners to ensure that a comprehensive, regional master plan is developed. I will work with the Army Corps of Engineers and negotiate a deal with Vermilion Parish to ensure that the Vermilion is dredged. Lastly, I will ensure that lateral drainage systems are cleaned of debris and obstructions.
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