Tell us about your Carencro roots.
My grandfather moved here when my father was a young boy, and my dad was raised here. When my father married my mother, they moved to Sunset for a short time, but continued owning a grocery store in Carencro. We lived in Sunset when I was born, but moved to Carencro way before I was old enough to remember. I was raised in Carencro and consider myself a native, as it is all I have ever known.
I am proud to have had all of my formal education at Carencro schools. I went to Carencro Catholic from kindergarten through fourth grade. Next, I attended Carencro Middle School for fifth through eighth grades. I attended Carencro High School through my senior year.
How long have you been a Council member?
An entire month. And what a month it has been.
Why did you choose to run for office?
I ran for our future. My kids and future generations mean more to me that anything. Carencro has been fortunate to have amazing people who have led us down a wonderful path. My father and grandfather worked hard in this community to serve people. They owned a grocery store and various other businesses. My father stressed to me that serving people and helping them in any way you can is a measure of success. This is my goal on the Council; simply, to take care of every person I can while preparing a future for their kids and mine.
What are some of your goals during your term?
I have many items I hope to accomplish. One item I have been pushing for is a separate and set budget yearly for road repairs, sidewalk repairs, and ditch work. Currently, once projects are noted, budgets are set for them after a prioritization is completed. My goal is to write into ordinance, a standard percentage of the budget that would go to funding these projects every year. A separate fund would exist to ensure we are prioritizing these projects every year while accounting for years that income may be down.
I also hope to review the land use ordinance or requirements for business (especially as it relates to small business). This is a complicated task and has been worked on for many years by many people. I would like to get those people back at the table to discuss how we can continue to grow our city in a smart and beautiful way, while still allowing freedom of private property to our citizens and business owners.
Lastly, I want to engage the public on all levels. I plan to visit and tour all of our schools, meet with the Police and Fire Chiefs, send letters to new businesses welcoming them and offering support, attending business/industry meetings, and finding innovative avenues to meet the public where they are, to find out their needs and wants.
I encourage people to contact me in any way they are comfortable. I committed in my campaign to return every communication I received. This is something I will hold myself to. I can be contacted at Facebook.com/ArceneauxForCouncil, firstname.lastname@example.org, and 337-258-8403. I also have an occasional email group that I send to, with updates and my summary of every city council meeting and other events as they happen. I encourage people to contact me to get on this list to stay up to date on the latest happenings.
Besides serving as a City Councilmember, tell us about your work and professional training.
I work a few jobs. My main job is being a husband to my wife Lauren and a dad to three sons (Cruz, age 6, Cohen, age 3, and Clay, age 7 months). However, my income is from my job as a Nurse Practitioner, working for the Lafayette General Trauma Center. We handle all traumas and acute care surgeries for the LGMC main campus. We do not schedule outpatient or routine procedures, but see all surgical emergencies that come in to the emergency room. I also work part-time in the emergency room a few days a month.
I graduated from the nursing program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009, and returned there to earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2015. I am a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I am a regular speaker to nursing students on various surgical topics.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I am a parishioner at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Carencro. My Catholic faith is important to me and guides many decisions that I make.
I am very proud of my beautiful family. My wife and I have gone to school together since kindergarten and have attended the same school every year through our graduation at UL Lafayette in 2009. We are fortunate that she is able to stay home with our children and provide them an amazing childhood. Cruz, our oldest, currently goes to Carencro Catholic School and we have enrolled Cohen for next year.
With a busy family life and work life, I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies, but I own chickens and donkeys, and enjoy spending time on our property, cooking and improving things.