Terry Authement joins the race for councilman-at-large
"I have recently retired from Monsanto Chemical Company where I was employed for 33 years, and I have plenty of time to devote to voters who may have questions about my campaign or my goals for the Parish," Authement said.
"Furthermore, I have the time to listen to complaints, concerns and suggestions about parish government and to act on them in a responsible time frame."
Authement believes he knows the concerns of both east bank and west bank residents and plans to meet the needs of the residents if he wins the position.
"On the west bank side of the parish residents are concerned about getting hurricane protection, but I believe both the east and west bank need levee improvements and drainage improvements," he continued.
“On the east bank, we need to continue to seek needed funding for the remaining required levee pumps.”
"Having previously served as a public official councilman for district IV from 1996 - 2004, I recognize that I work for you, the public, and that is exactly what I intend to do."
Authement feels that the governing body should continue to work with local officials, like the sheriff, district attorney and the judges to make sure they are supporting and providing the necessary funding to protect the businesses and residences in St. Charles Parish.
"The projects and improvements from the previous administrations have enhanced a lot of our systems," Authement said.
"My goal is to meet with and work with the agencies that can help us improve the permitting process," he continued.
"We need to improve this process so we can continue the much needed levee construction."
Authement believes an important issue that needs to be addressed is parish employee wages.
“We need to improve wages to recruit and retain the much-needed staffing to meet the parish needs.”
Authement feels that recreation is a big part of the parish.
"We need to continue the funds to give our children good constructive activities, where families are included and can spend time together."
Authement has been married to his wife Josie Puglise Authement for 35 years.
He has one daughter, Ashley A. Joyce and is the grandparent of five children (Taylor, Caleb, Elizabeth, Samuel and Jacie). She is married to John Joyce.
"Everywhere you go in our community, people are expressing the same desire for change with good and honest government," Authement said.
"With your help and support and my commitment towards these common goals we can make this happen for St. Charles parish," he continued."I am a conservative by belief and practice, as my history will bear me out, and I am ready, willing and able to help provide honest and progressive government to which you, the public, are so rightly entitled."
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