WHAT I STAND FOR
I stand for safe and beautiful neighborhoods. I am dedicated to Baton Rouge and will support programs that empower neighborhoods with sidewalks and bike lanes, as well as programs to create and support small businesses so they can thrive as epicenters of community. I am a fierce advocate for dependable child care and quality schools that provide growth for our children at all stages of learning. I love this city and I want to ensure that Baton Rouge continues to be a place that invites visitors and encourages guests from all backgrounds to join the beauty and opportunity our city has to offer, and District 6 can be a part of making that happen.
As a school board member, one of my first observations was that our schools had not been getting the attention and resources they needed to be schools of choice for our families. I have been fighting for us. During my service, we have made great progress.
- Villa Del Rey Elementary, Park Forest Elementary and Middle, and Belaire High are all now Creative Sciences & Arts Magnet schools with assistance from a $15 million grant.
- Brookstown Middle has become the only middle school in the state with Aquaponics and Hydroponics programs.
- La Belle Aire Elementary was chosen by Louisiana DOE to implement Dual Language immersion.
- All flooded schools have been fully renovated and students are back in their home schools.
- Major renovations to the track, field, and auditorium have been completed at Belaire Magnet High School without waiting for funding from the recently renewed tax plan.
My work for us extends beyond these tangible outcomes in the schools in our neighborhoods. I have also accomplished the following:
I took the courageous, principled vote to deny additional ITEP tax breaks to Exxon at the expense of our school system & the rest of the world took notice.
I have voted to approve tax exemptions through the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) when it was right for our families and voted against it when it was wrong. Exxon and several small businesses have received my support of tax exemptions when doing so genuinely gave those businesses an incentive to invest in our communities. When those requests did not prove to be an incentive and would only contribute towards a deficit in revenues, I took a tough vote to deny those tax breaks.
Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome credits me with "putting the fire under" the Parish to bring EBAY to EBR.
I played an integral role in bringing EBAY to Baton Rouge in 2019. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is now the sixth city globally to join eBay’s Retail Revival program which also brought 40 full-time customer-service jobs to eBay@Home.