My platform is simple. I’ll fix what’s broken and honor history.
City Hall is dysfunctional. We need to take care of the basic needs of our citizens. They need to feel safe from crime and not live in fear of the next big rain event. Our streets need to be fixed. We need to attract business, not strangle them with an endless maze of red tape at City Hall. These are needs. If there is money left in the budget, it must be thoughtfully allocated to our wants. This is how families budget, and this is how businesses operate. I will work to bring the Sewerage and Water Board under the direct responsibility of City Hall and be directly accountable for its restructuring and functionality. That is the only way it can become fully integrated with the Department of Public Works and the Streets Department.
As far as the monuments go, I became involved when I saw how divided our City became when the Mayor decided that the monuments were the root of our problems. I began by thinking that we should direct our energies to more pressing issues. I think that the removal of the monuments at Lee Circle and the equestrian statue of Beauregard were ill thought out and were done cast our Mayor in a favorable light among some national political figures. Not only did that not work out well for him, it left two very unseemly eyesores in prominent public view. At least he could have had a plan before he went off halfcocked. The group that argued loudest to remove the monuments, Take ‘em Down NOLA, has over 100 more monuments to take down, street names to changes, and public buildings to change the name of. They will start pressuring the next Mayor to perform these changes. I am the only candidate to publicly say that not only will I safeguard these monuments, I will put them back up.