Tell us about your family background and your youth.
My parents are originally from the Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge and Cecilia areas, but I was born in Houston, Texas. We moved to Carencro in 1970 and I’ve been here ever since. I was a student at Carencro Heights Elementary and Carencro Middle School. I graduated from Carencro High, and then attended USL, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from 1989-91.
Why did you choose to run for office and how long have you been a council member?
I have been on the Carencro City Council for 16 years, with my first term in 2003. I wanted to be useful, and I was raised by parents who always gave back to the community. They instilled that mindset in my brother, my sister and me as we were growing up.
What are some of your goals for your current term?
I’m happy to have been on the committee that negotiated our current trash disposal contract, which saved money for our citizens. In addition, I would like to work closely with our cultural district to make sure we are always providing great events for our community and citizens. And, we need to continue to focus on improving drainage and infrastructure.
Besides serving as a City Councilmember, tell us about your work and your free-time interests.
I work for Aggreko as an Account Specialist/Collector for the state of California. I love to fish; however, I don’t get to do that as often as I’d like, due to work, council meetings and other meetings associated with our government. In addition, I serve on the supervisory committee of the Section 705 Federal Credit Union. I also love spending time with my nieces Kori, Konner and Sophia, my nephews Koi and Levi, and my great-nephew Briggs.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I love this city that I have grown up in since early childhood and there is nowhere else that I would rather live. We have many new residents over the last many years who have discovered our lovely city and made this their home. I challenge all Carencro citizens to take an active part in your community. We all need to be proactive in representing our city’s interests, but it takes citizens’ input to make sure that we, as community leaders, represent you in the best possible way. Together, we can more effectively make a difference in our quality of life, our futures and continue to raise our youth in our special corner of the world.