South Lafourche's long-serving Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine is asking the people to elect him to a 10th term next month. His sole opponent, Will Lasseigne, says it's time for “new leadership” and a “new direction.”
Lasseigne has challenged Lorraine twice before, in 2011 and 2015. He was also Lorraine’s only challenger in those elections.
District 9 covers the area from East 74th Street and West 106th Street south to the Jefferson Parish line, including the town of Golden Meadow.
The election will be held Oct. 12, with early voting Sept. 28 to Oct. 5.
Here are the candidates’ answers to The Courier and Daily Comet’s campaign questionnaire. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. Lasseigne did not submit responses.
What would be your top three priorities if elected?
Lorraine: Roads, drainage, bridges, continuing to get funding for Golden Meadow fishing pier.
How can the Parish Council improve/foster economic development?
Lorraine: By getting more involved with companies that want to move in.
How would you resolve the decades of tensions between the executive branch and the Parish Council?
Lorraine: If each branch would follow the Home Rule Charter and we need leadership.
What should the Parish Council do to address coastal restoration and hurricane protection issues?
Lorraine: Bring it to the attention of state and federal government.
Would you support any changes to the Parish Charter? If so, what changes would you make?
Lorraine: Need to form a commission.
Do you think the parish government has enough money to provide the services residents want and expect? Would you vote for a tax if you were convinced the money would go to a necessary public service? Please explain your reasoning.
Lorraine: Need to get a better handle on spending. Only a dedicated tax if necessary; sad to say sometimes to get something you need a tax, that would be last resort.
Are there services you would propose cutting if you are elected? What are they and why would you seek to reduce or eliminate them?
Lorraine: We need to restructure, keep the ones that work and get rid of the ones that don’t work.