• District 2, City Council/Aldermen Candidates 2014


  • You Asked! They Answered!

    Prior to the Political Meet & Greet and Mayoral Debate on October 16, the Chamber solicited questions from the business community for the city council/alderman candidates. Below are the submitted questions and the answers from those who chose to respond.

    District 2 Candidates:
    Sharonda Hatter, Rosalind Jones, Angela Mayfield

  • Question 1

    Specifically how will you promote business and well-planned city development for your district?

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    The first thing we need to do is revitalize our area.  We need to take pride in our District and fight to make improvements to what we already have.  This means making sure District 2 has the same opportunity for city resources as every other District. 

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    This task would be a priority with me.  If elected, my first step would be to review the current measures, if any,  in place to address these issues.  My next step would be to form a strong base (comprised of current District 2 business owners and concerned residents, faith based organizations, local government and  other partners) who share our goals.  Once the foundation or base is formed, we should focus on the development of incentives that would entice District 2 residents to invest or re-invest in our own neighborhoods.  We should look at first-time home ownership opportunities versus renting,  review zoning ordinances that would allow for self-owned business opportunities;  investments such as these would benefit not only the residents of District 2 but the City of Ruston as a whole.  Development or re-development of District 2 could be a simple plan but it will take a lot of effort on the part of everyone involved.


  • Question 2

    What do you plan to accomplish in your district and what are the means of accomplishing your proposals.

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    1) Community and Economic Development:

    I will demonstrate my passion for cooperation by working with the new Mayor and fellow Board Members to strategically plan not only for the current businesses but also for the potential businesses we will bring to Ruston.  I also believe in supporting well established partnerships between the city and our Colleges and Universities. 

    2)  Public Transportation:

    I will improve the city’s current public transportation system while pushing for additional city-wide accessible transportation. 

    3)  Lack of Young Adult and Youth recreational facilities: 

    I will get the constituents in my district more involved by coordinating community events for our Youth and Young Adults.  I will also ensure that District 2’s desires and needs are prioritized in the city’s budget.  

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    Decisions affecting a whole community should be a community effort.  I, alone,  don’t hope to accomplish anything. What I hope we, in a collaborative effort, accomplish is revitalization of our neighborhood by improved living conditions such as safe and affordable housing,  improved recreational facilities, increased household income opportunities, enhanced policing such as the creation of “foot patrols”, etc. I hope to accomplish the expansion of multiple opportunities for District 2 through community-wide partnerships.


  • Question 3

    Would you be willing to consider a recycling program?

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    Yes.

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    Yes.


  • Question 4

    Would you want to have bike paths added in Ruston?

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    Yes.

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    I think bike paths are a safety issue and would be a welcomed asset to all of the other amenities offered in our city.


  • Question 5

    What are your plans on working with LA Tech & Grambling to strengthen the relationships between Ruston and the universities?

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    District 2 has students from both Grambling and LA Tech living in it.  We need to reach out to these Universities and talk to them about ways to improve our transportation options available to students.    We also need to look at what opportunities are being made available to them in the form of internships and practical experience in our community.   I believe the schools should be partnering with local businesses to give students opportunities to work in local jobs while in school so they are prepared to work when they graduate.  There is a wealth of potential in our youth and we need to make sure we are investing in it.  

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    I certainly feel that the relationship between the two universities should be and can be strengthened. However, I haven’t been a member of the City Council long enough to evaluate the City’s current plan, to explore an alternative plan of action or offer an informed opinion. 


  • Question 6

    If we are overspending on budget, where and how do we spend it in a more frugal manner?

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    Without looking at the specifics of a budget shortfall this question will be very difficult to answer directly.  I can say I believe we should be focusing on more than just where our money is going.  Efficiency and the best use of our resources should be the goal of our City Council.  I would like to make sure that not only is our money going to the right people and places, but that is being spent in the best way possible to better our city.  

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    Based upon previous years’ performance, we are headed in the right direction with budget restrictions.  However, there is always room for improvement.  I would suggest that we continue to monitor our expenditures, cut expenses wherever feasible and research alternative means of increasing our revenues.


  • Question 7

    What are the pressing issues you see facing Ruston now and in the next 5 years?

    Answer - Sharonda Hatter

    The major issues facing Ruston in the next five will be directly tied to our rate of growth.  We need to be sure we keep up with Infrastructure Needs, Housing (Tech Expansion), Business Growth, Crime Prevention, School System Ratings, and Opportunities for our Youth.

    Answer - Rosalind Jones

    Pressing issues include lack of adequate housing, scarcity of “living wage” jobs, lack of skilled workers, accessible and affordable health care services. 


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