Council chair seeks re-election

Chair of the St. Charles Parish Council and District VII, Councilwoman Julia Fisher-Perrier has announced that she will run for another term.

Fisher-Perrier was born and raised in Luling. Her roots run deep in St. Charles Parish. She is a graduate of Hahnville High School, like her parents, Jack and Kathy, and her son, Eli. Her grandfather LK Fisher moved to the parish and opened Fisher Furniture in 1944. He went on to serve as a police juror where he aided in the development of much of the West Bank of the parish.

“I grew up here. My parents grew up here,” she said. “I raised my family here. I feel compelled to serve and give back to the great community that shaped me.”

Her time on the council has been marked by key accomplishments and issues in the parish.

Fisher-Perrier said she has led the fight against the National Flood Insurance Program.

“NFIP is an ever-changing, ever-evolving federal program,” she said. “The residents here stand to be negatively impacted more than almost anywhere in the country. The fight has been continuous and we must continue to be heard.”

She has been involved on the federal level in shaping the policy that protects our citizens from unaffordable flood insurance premiums.” Our message is being heard, but it can’t end now.” The program is set to expire in September.

Levee protection is top priority in St Charles Parish and the reason Julia decided to run for office. “I knew we were vulnerable in my district. I played in the woods behind our district as a kid. I knew there was very little protection back there.” Julia currently serves as the chair of the hurricane protection projects committee. Over 18,000 feet of levee has been built under Julia’s tenure which protects Mimosa, Lakewood, Lagattutta and Coronado from flooding. “The Westbank Levee System is finally to a point where our residents have true protection. This is a direct result of the work we’ve done during the time I’ve served, but we still have more to do.”

Julia has taken on various roles since taking office in 2012.  She has twice served as chair and vice chair of the council, a member of the Regional Planning Commission, a member of the South Central Planning Commission, executive board member at large on the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, as well as chairman of the association’s Wildlife and Fisheries committee, and President of the United Way of St. Charles. Julia has been instrumental in moving forward recreation projects, most notably the expansion of Rathborne Park and Ashton soccer fields, in addition to roads and drainage projects in her district. “I love St. Charles Parish and everything associated with it. St Charles is deep rooted in my heart and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the best parish in the entire state. The work I’ve done in office is driven by the people and there’s still more to do. I’d be honored to continue to do the work of the people for the next 4 years.”

 

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