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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Incoming councilwoman ready to serve district she loves

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Incoming councilwoman ready to serve district she loves

This weekend, Lafourche Parish Government will welcome a new president and several new council members to the parish’s leadership structure.

Our area’s new lawmaker said she’s ready to fight to serve the interests of our people.

Council-woman elect D’Lynn Boudreaux said she can’t wait to get started — a position she earned this past fall when she defeated Alces Adams in the general election. Boudreaux will hold the seat vacated by outgoing councilman Jerry LaFont, who opted not to seek re-election after multiple terms.

Boudreaux said she opted to get involved in parish government after consultation with people in her circle, adding that she believes she can make a difference for our area.

“What motivated me to run was seeing no one else was willing to step up,” she said. “When a text from a friend, who’s mind I admire greatly, messaged and asked me to please consider, I had to step in. I was already flirting with the idea in my head. That message just ran it home for me. I felt it was something I needed to do. There was a purpose.”

Throughout the duration of her term, Boudreaux said she looks forward to working with our area’s other lawmakers to make Lafourche a better place.

In her district, she said she will be focusing on an issue that’s often a hotbed topic in local government discussions.

“Drainage is a big issue for our area,” Boudreaux said. “I’ve been listening to our residents concerns, I’ve visited a few of the problem areas to see what can be done. There is progress being made, it’s a slow process, but we’re getting there.”

Boudreaux said progress in drainage and also in all other areas of parish business will occur if there is teamwork and unity within the new leadership team.

Throughout outgoing Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle’s term, there were public spats between he and the council — differences in opinion that often fought against pushing the parish forward.

But Cantrelle is serving the final days of his term and new President Archie Chaisson has promised better communication and better relationships with council members.

Boudreaux said she’s entering government with optimism, adding that her early dealings with Chaisson have been pleasant and productive.

“I have had great communication with our President,” Boudreaux said. “I believe most everyone has. I know the parish employees are pretty excited about Archie Chaisson leading us into the next 4 years. I believe we have a council and administration in place that will work well with one another to make this parish better than it’s ever been. We are all in this for the same goal. We need to remember that. It’s not for personal gains, it’s what’s in the best interest for our parish, for our residence and, most importantly, for our future residents.” 

Boudreaux said she never envisioned being a lawmaker, but added she’s always been around conversation about the political things going on in the world.

“Politics have always been a top highlight discussion among my family — from sitting on the porch or in living rooms, from when I was a child listening to my grandparents, to now,” Boudreaux said when asked if she ever envisioned herself making a run. “It helps that every one in my family believes in the same vision for our country. When they say, ‘don’t discuss politics over Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays with family,’ that’s not us. We love it.”