When did you first move to East New Orleans and what area did you move to?
I moved to East New Orleans in 1969, in the Academy Park Area.
Why do you choose to live in East New Orleans?
East New Orleans offers a good place for families to thrive and enjoy a good quality of life. It is one of the only places for the city to grow and expand since Hurricane Katrina.
How is the sense of community in East New Orleans different from other areas in New Orleans?
We blend and mesh well with the old and the new; the diversity that exists among the different cultures represented here in the East only serves to enhance what we have to offer and attract new businesses.
When and why did you decide to run for elected office?
When I realized the area was not coming back as it should have been after Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to see more progress and believed I could make a difference.
Did you learn anything about the area that you did not know before running for election?
It confirmed my belief that most people who live in this area are hardworking, dedicated citizens who want to see this area experience a resurgence of life and prosperity.
What are your top goals for the area?
A shopping center, more dining facilities and better police protection, which will lead to a better quality of life for our citizens.
What are some ways you are helping to recruit or bring new business to East New Orleans?
I am working on a project to have Dixie Brewery, which is owned by Tom Benson, to utilize space here in the East. We are the final frontier in the greater New Orleans area that is available for large development.
With a background as a transportation manager, how do you feel East New Orleans is well-positioned for business?
We are well-positioned as our interstates, railroads, waterways and the expanded airport are capable of transporting goods of any business that chooses to settle in this district. We are able to accommodate the import and export of trade.
Why do you believe manufacturing companies would thrive in East New Orleans?
We have the railways and waterways for easy access. We import rubber, steel and cocoa beans, which would be prime for manufacturing right here.
What are your favorite places in East New Orleans? What restaurants, parks or neighborhoods are your favorite spots?
My favorite restaurants in East New Orleans include New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood, Castnet Restaurant, Two Sisters ‘N Da East and of course, we are proud of our many fast food chains such as Mc Donald’s, Burger King and Popeyes. The Joe Brown Park is one of the fastest-growing recreational facilities in the city, offering swimming, dancing, exercise, football, basketball, track and much more. A few of our fine neighborhoods in East New Orleans include McKendall Estates, Eastover, Lake Carmel, Lake Forest Estates and Spring Lake.
How do you feel about the future of the area?
There is so much potential for economic development in this area. I am very optimistic about the future improvements that will lead us into our next tricentennial.
What would a dream project be for you in the East?
A furniture company. There is a lot of lumber available. I’d like to see a nuts and bolts company and a tire company because we import a great deal of rubber from South America.
What are some unique aspects of East New Orleans?
The abundance of more land for your buck located in some of the finest subdivisions in the metro area.
How is elected office different than you expected?
I am even more optimistic about people wanting to experience a better quality of life and going the extra mile to make the community a better place. There are many positive folks who love their community. Come check us out.