Residents of Terrebonne Parish Council District 4 are being asked to elect a new representative this year.

Councilman Scotty Dryden has opted to not seek a second term in office. The three candidates vying to replace him are: John Amedee, Thomas Dardar Jr. and Wayne Ingram.

District 4 includes parts of northwestern Terrebonne Parish, including sections of Gray, Schriever and Bayou Cane.

The election will be held Oct. 12, with early voting Sept. 28 to Oct. 5. If one candidate does not receive more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held Nov. 16.

Here are the candidates’ answers to The Courier and Daily Comet’s campaign questionnaire. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.  Ingram did not submit a response.

What would be your top three priorities if elected?

Amedee: Drainage, roads and workforce training.

Dardar: Stay in contact with my constituents, drainage, roads.

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.

Amedee: I believe we do. I would only vote for a tax if the need was truly there and my constituents were for it.

Dardar: Yes, if it would improve the district and use for that purpose I would.

Are there services you would propose cutting if you are elected? What are they and why would you seek to reduce or eliminate them?

Amedee: I currently don't see the need to cut any services.

Dardar: No.

What are some specific ways you would like to see Terrebonne diversify its economy?

Amedee: Adding more technology and manufacturing jobs to the area.

Dardar: Bring in more jobs from the renewable energy field.

Do you think the steps taken to reform recreation have been enough? What changes would you like to see, if any.

Amedee: They are a good start. I would like to look into a possible tax restructuring, which would involve many moves to accomplish.

Dardar: The district is growing fast as people are moving from the lower lying areas, more playgrounds are needed for the kids.

Would you favor or oppose abolishing the parish's 11 recreation districts and operating recreation as a parish service like drainage or roads? Explain your reasoning.

Amedee: The separate districts meet the needs of the communities they serve. I also remain open to hear any and all possible solutions.

Dardar: Oppose, I think it works like it is.

How can Terrebonne modernize and prepare for the population growth of new generations that depend on/use more technology?

Amedee: The parish and utility companies are making progress toward that goal. We need to add more training courses like those already being done between Fletcher, parish government and companies from the area.

Dardar: Seek businesses to locate here, and offer training for the new technology.