HOUMA - Working to overcome government's constrictive structure is how Terrebonne Parish Council candidate and local banker Al Badeaux Jr. said he plans to execute road and drainage work for District 6.
is among three contenders running in Tuesday's election for District 6
, which includes southwest Terrebonne, Donner, Gibson, parts of Schriever, Bayou Black and neighborhoods between La. 311 and Bayou Black Drive.
said moving public-works projects forward is all about "bird-dogging it," or staying on top of something until action is taken.
Badeaux, vice president and business-development officer for IberiaBank in Houma, said he plans to push projects already planned for District 6, such as extending Valhi Boulevard to Savanne Road.
also interested in having state Transportation Department crews perform work that now goes to contractors.
also aims to find ways to alleviate traffic congestion and high utility costs.
, a 65-year-old Houma native, points to his
years of banking experience as evidence of his
ability to work with people and companies.
Badeaux is also vice president of the Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 Board, which oversees the parish's drinking-water system.
As chairman of the Houma Chamber of Commerce in 2003, Badeaux said he was involved in creating the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority, a local agency that attracts new businesses and helps existing ones thrive.
also traveled to Washington, D.C., for the chamber's annual lobbying trip for hurricane protection.
Alexis Duval, who served on the chamber's executive committee with Badeaux, said the lobbying trip was "a huge thing."
learned that making contacts with federal and state lawmakers is important to getting work and money for Terrebonne's needs.
helped develop a five-year plan for the Waterworks District that helps guide its future growth.
Chester Voisin, a fellow Waterworks Board member and retired Whitney Bank employee, said Badeaux is a "take-charge" member, especially in deciding how to spend the board's limited money.
and the board initiated negotiations with Waterworks employees this year regarding insurance benefits.
The district currently shoulders the whole cost, and the board wants the workers to pay a portion.
Making tough decisions and being in charge of the Waterworks District's $100 million annual budget prepared Badeaux
for the council, he
"I think that my two opponents have never had that experience of making decisions that affect a lot of people," Badeaux
respects how the council came together after the September storms, standing behind Parish President Michel Claudet when he
was criticized for turning the hurricane-response role over to Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois.
A unified front is the best strategy, he
believes Claudet acted appropriately in delegating power.
"Hire people you can give control to, give them responsibility, but hold them accountable," Badeaux