How will you provide better transparency, accountability and efficacy in consolidated government generally and manage the politics of government by two councils?

Nancy Marcotte
Nancy Marcotte
Candidate for Mayor-President

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.

Josh Guillory
Josh Guillory
Candidate for Mayor-President

I am committed to increasing transparency, communication, and accountability. Some methods to achieve transparency and increase communication include appearing weekly on radio stations such as KPEL to field questions from our neighbors within the city/parish, having our Public Works department publish what was accomplished each working day, opening my office to the public at least once a month (whether that is at Lafayette Consolidated Government or a variety of locations within the parish), using technology (such as apps for smart devices) to more easily access services and check on the status of pending services, and implementing a culture within LCG that is inviting for residents and businesses to interact with.

Also, I am ready to lead both the City and Parish Councils into the future. It is not the government I voted for (two councils with one Mayor-President), but it is the government we have, and we will make it work. The best way for this transition to occur is by having absolute and complete transparency at all levels of our local government. β€œThe left hand must know what the right hand is doing.” Under my administration, we will not have more questions than answers. The residents of Lafayette Parish will know what is going on in their government, and I would be honored to serve as the next Lafayette Mayor-President.

Carlee Alm-LaBar
Carlee Alm-LaBar
Candidate for Mayor-President

Providing transparency is ultimately the only way for an administration to secure the necessary buy-in from the public and the council in order to move forward on key initiatives. That is largely a function of communication. The same goes with the two new councils. In my time at LCG, I developed a reputation for being able to maneuver the politics of the council. There is no magic bullet to accomplish this taskβ€”it’s as simple as making sure that each council member has been provided with all of the information they need to make a decision, in plenty of time in advance for them to review the information and have their questions answered, so that they can make the most informed decision possible. I will continue to make myself and my administration available to the council on their time frame and on their availability. For the public, I will build a leadership team that is committed to responsiveness, communication, and transparency at all levels of government. I will provide an open data portal for LCG's budget (often called "Open Checkbook") and improve the public's access to government data and information across the board.

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Simone Champagne

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