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3 vie for West Bank’s at-large seat

Jonathan Menard -   Feb 20, 2014

3 vie for West Bank’s at-large seat

In April, voters will decide between three West Bank residents who are vying to fill the at-large council seat vacated by former Councilman Clayton “Snookie” Faucheux.

Councilwoman Julia Fisher-Perrier, Luling resident Jarvis Lewis and Stanley Hebert, from Des Allemands, all qualified for the at-large Division B seat last week. Though the election is parishwide, the at-large member must live on the West Bank.

Fisher-Perrier, who currently serves District 7, declared her intention to run for the seat back in December.

Fisher-Perrier said she is running for the seat in an attempt to help unify the West Bank as the area tackles several flood protection projects. After more than two decades, construction recently began on the Willowridge Levee in Luling.

Fisher-Perrier has been named the chairwoman of the council’s Hurricane Protection Projects Committee, which she says will help get a comprehensive plan in place for the entire West Bank levee.

“Funding and approval are very contingent upon a unified plan,” she said. “I feel that as a current council member, I see first hand what problems we face but as the at-large representative I can help with the concerns and needs of the entire West Bank.”

Lewis, a former deputy with the St. Charles Parish Assessor’s Office, said he has always wanted to give back to the parish he grew up in. If elected, he plans to tackle hurricane protection by making sure a levee to protect the entire West Bank is completed.

“Additionally, there are much-needed street improvements and structural improvements that need to be made and I will fight for those for the residents of the parish.”

Lewis also feels that current council members and the administration are divided on too many important issues, and he wants to help improve communication between both sides.

“I feel that if there is an opportunity to discuss these issues more, things would be more cohesive between the parish and the administration,” he said. “Discussion would make it much easier to come to a better understanding of those issues.”

Hebert previously ran for the District 4 council seat against current Councilman Paul Hogan. Though he lost, Hebert doesn’t feel like he needs to change his strategy this time around.

“You have to get out there and meet people, tell them your ideas and go from there,” he said.

Hebert believes he can help the parish find funding for the West Bank levee, though he doesn’t want to accomplish that goal through new taxes.

“We need some kind of way to find the money we need to get the levee built because money is running out in Washington,” he said. “I am against taxes because we are going to be paying more for flood insurance. We need to tap existing revenue sources.”

Hebert also said that he feels current council members “toe the line” and if elected he would bring in more innovative ideas.

The election will take place on April 5.

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