First term Terrebonne Parish District 6 Councilman Darrin Guidry has one opponent in this year's election, Michael “Cuz” Prosperie.

Guidry was first elected in 2015 to represent District 6, which includes lower Bayou Black, the La. 311 corridor and west along Southdown Mandalay Road. If re-elected, he plans to continue many of his ongoing projects.

Prosperie has promised to "bring to light problems that need to be dealt with and corrected in our area.”

The election will be held Oct. 12, with early voting Sept. 28 to Oct. 5.

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

What would be your top three priorities if elected?

Guidry: To finish the projects we have already begun, to invest more in repairing roads and curbs, to improve the quality of life in Terrebonne Parish.

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.

Guidry: Yes, and I have voted and will continue to vote against wasteful spending. I also will continue to oppose any tax increase to the residents of Terrebonne Parish.

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

Guidry: I do not support cutting parish services. In fact, I believe more can be done within our current budgets.

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

Guidry: I believe we should invest more money in the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority. No business can survive without a sales force. TEDA is the sales force for Terrebonne Parish. We need to give them the resources they need to sell Terrebonne and attract new industry.

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

Guidry: We have done more to reform recreation that any Terrebonne Parish government in the last 30+ years, but more needs to be done if we are to improve our quality of life. I support giving voters a voice in the future direction of recreation.

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.

Guidry: Abolishing recreation districts is one reform option. Another is creating an urbanized super-rec-district and keeping the Bayou and Gibson/Donner community districts separate. Another is a combination of the two. I would support any option that has the support of the voters I represent. 

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

Guidry: We could create a free public Wi-Fi service for the urbanized areas without using taxpayer dollars. By partnering with a service provider we could offer this basic service. The public would be connected and up-sell options would allow the service provider to recoup costs, a technological win-win.