How you will you work to reverse economic decline and bring access to good jobs and better housing in our district?

Glenn Lazard
Glenn Lazard
Candidate for City Council District 5

For starters we need to make the area more visually attractive for both potential businesses and residents. Additionally, I will search for and utilize every available economic development tool and incentive to retain current businesses and encourage new employers to locate within the district.

Lionel Rodriguez
Lionel Rodriguez
Candidate for City Council District 5

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.

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Candidate for City Council District 5

My plans to reverse the economic decline include looking for creative ways to educate the current job force (i.e. promoting workforce development) while preparing the future job force for upcoming trends in industry (i.e. increasing school-based career programs) and also while attracting businesses who desire to come to our district (i.e. addressing the crime rate and blight). I will refuse to allow any more funds allocated and budgeted for our district to drain into other districts. Also, I will work closely with LEDA, DDA, Louisiana Workforce, local developers, and private stakeholders. My focus is to bring value-based businesses that create good jobs with benefits and a living wage.

Aaron Staten
Aaron Staten
Candidate for City Council District 5

1. Work with existing entities to further enhance their current efforts (including coteries, non-profits, and community-driven organizations).
2. Creation of a Technology Center housed on the Northside that will include educational pursuits, job training, and certification with starting pays of $40k-$140k+ a year.
3. Use my experience in past successful housing projects like Bayberry Point Apartments (Lafayette), McKnight Manor Apartments (Opelousas), and Horizon Ln (Lafayette) to improve regulations for current local housing developers. With non-discrimination to developer or organization; carefully weighing the costs and benefits of various incentives, while evaluating them relative to the cost of meeting specific housing requirements.