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December Newsletter

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Season is upon us, bringing with it the spirit of sharing and giving. And, of course that means some stress with everything that is going on, from picking that “just right” gift and the unexpected guests (not to mention having the kids home again) all while entertaining family and friends. Don’t forget to keep it in the proper do it because you love them, right?! So, be nice!!!

On a more serious note, we have so much to be thankful for. While we will never be satisfied and there are always some who are struggling, our economy is doing pretty well. Unemployment is down to 5%, Lafayette is the sixth fastest growing economy in America, and we have plenty of traffic! I have often said that there are parishes and counties all over America that would love to have some of our “problems.” While our crime rate is low and our community is safe, don’t forget to be aware of your surroundings during this shopping season and keep your guard up.

At this time of thanks, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sam Dore and Mary Morrison for their dedicated service to the people of Lafayette. They took time from their families and their careers to do a service few ever consider. Thank you Sam and Mary, your service is appreciated.

And, of course we welcome two new councilmen: Andy Naquin for District 6, and Kevin Naquin from District 1. I have been able to spend time with both and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them. I am now comfortable that Andy is a big picture person who cares about the future of Lafayette and has his eye on the “big picture.” As you recall during the campaign, Andy and I were unable to communicate, and I was concerned about his stance on some very important issues. As it turns out, the campaign process worked very well, and his perspective of those issues evolved as he talked to the people, and I think it evolved for the better. I have known Andy my entire life and can’t wait to work together with him, for you, the people of Lafayette.  

Kevin Naquin has already visited us often and is quickly grasping the processes, welcome Kevin!

To all of our Councilmen, Merry Christmas, and thank you for your service (even if we don’t always agree)!  ;-)

To everyone in the community, thank you for the opportunity to serve one more term, and thank you for the support and encouragement I get from so many of you, it truly means a lot.

Last but certainly not least, let’s not forget the reason for the season. I think if we can spend just a little time focused on why we celebrate Christmas, we can all deal with the stressful side of the next couple of weeks a little better.

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Can’t wait to get started!



The Charter Commission has recommended a change in consolidation. It would keep the services we receive consolidated, keeping the efficiencies we now have. But it would divide the government into a pure parish government and a pure city government for Lafayette. Do you support the Charter Commission's recommendation?