I grew up along the coast fishing, swimming, and water skiing in the bayous and marshes of Montegut and Bourg. I have witnessed first-hand the severe land loss and the effects of salt water intrusion. After monitoring the coast while working at LUMCON for 10 years and making oceanography and coastal science the focus of my college graduate studies, there is one thing I have come to realize. It is no longer time to study and decide what or who caused this land loss. It is time to do something about it.
- I will work hard to ensure that the Morganza to the Gulf is completed to protect our homes and our communities from flood waters.
- I will work hard to ensure that the funds our current legislators have secured for us continue to flow down here to fully fund the Master Plan for Coastal Restoration to restore our barrier islands, our first lines of defense, against the encroaching waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and to protect our estuaries. Our estuaries are important nursing grounds for our seafood. Our seafood tastes like no other seafood in the world because of our unique estuaries. Commercial fishermen rely on these estuaries to make a living.
As a small business owner myself, I understand the importance of protecting and creating jobs to strengthen our economy.
- Requiring stores and restaurants to label the place of origin for all seafood would protect the jobs of our local commercial fishermen.
- Giving Louisiana businesses first crack at state contracts, so we create jobs right here instead of China or Mexico.
- Providing for workforce development through our higher education systems.
As someone who has spent over 30 years (20 years in a classroom and 10 years in higher education administration) dedicating her life to improving education in Louisiana, I have made improving education in Louisiana, especially in Terrebonne Parish, my life-long mission and intend to continue to do what I can to ensure that all children have an education that prepares them for the challenges of the future, whether finding a career, earning a college degree, or just living a higher quality of life.
- Give our kids a bright future by fighting for our schools' fair share of tax dollars from Baton Rouge.
- Remove roadblocks in constitution that place the burden of balancing the state's budget on the backs of college students.
I love Terrebonne Parish! The various communities of District 53 are connected by two main artery systems. Bayou Terrebonne flows into Bayou Little Calliou and Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes. However, the flow of these bayous that once made them our main artery connecting the bayou communities to town has been cut off. Now we rely on two main highways to connect the various communities of District 53. In town we have Main Street on one side of Bayou Terrebonne and we have Park on the other. After crossing the Twin bridges over the Intracoastal and continuing down the bayous, Main eventually turns into Highway 56 and Park turns into Highway 55. These state owned roads serve as the vehicle to allow us to visit with friends, get to work, and evacuate when necessary.
- Build infrastructure that extends the couplet to Prospect
- Build and replace bridges that facilitate not only crossing the bayou but also maintaining navigable waterways.