LCG Candidate Questionnaire 2023

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Lafayette is losing young people. How well we address that issue will shape our community in the years to come. 

We’ve spent the last several months asking young voters about the factors that shape their decisions to leave or stay in Lafayette. In all, we’ve heard from 450 voters and counting. 

Through that process, we’ve learned that Housing, Quality of Life and Flooding are the issues that matter most to young voters.

This questionnaire is drawn from their feedback.  You can read more about those issues through our Election Guide.


  • Candidates for Mayor-President, Parish Council and City Council are invited to participate
  • The response deadline is Friday, Sept. 22.
  • Responses will be published no later than Sept. 29
  • Please limit responses to 250 words

Questions? Email [email protected]

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Young voters say the cost of living in Lafayette is too high. LCG officials can address this through zoning policy and through public funding.
Changing Lafayette’s zoning codes could make housing development easier but risks changing the character of neighborhoods as they are.
For example: rent assistance, loans for first-time home buyers, public subsidy for housing developments or other infrastructure related to housing supply

Quality of Life

Seeking jobs and opportunity are key reasons young people Lafayette. LCG can influence those outcomes through economic development and public investments.
Jobs are a key reason young people leave Lafayette. LCG is a major employer and has invested millions in jobs-related projects like LUS Fiber.
Some communities invest in quality of life infrastructure — parks, bike trails and walking paths, performing arts centers, etc. — as a way of attracting and retaining talent.


Young voters are concerned about the risk of flooding, especially in light of climate change. LCG can address flood risk through planning and infrastructure policies.
Changing development standards to account for intensifying storms could make Lafayette more resilient, but higher standards could mean higher costs.
Lafayette has spent millions on drainage infrastructure in recent years, and tax money is always limited for local governments.