There is no denying that the downturn in the oilfield has weakened our local economy.
Our city has a responsibility to our residents and local businesses to make the best decisions possible to improve that situation. In 2011 the voters of Broussard approved a ½ cent sales tax to fund recreational opportunities in our city and the Broussard City Council followed suite by funding the construction of St. Julien Park and the Broussard Sports Complex.
That decision should do two things for our city. First, add value and quality of life to Broussard’s residents and secondly increase our city’s marketability as a desirable place to live, work and visit. Broussard’s immediate goal shall be to market our state of the art park to traveling youth recreational organizations and capture a share of that tourism market. This economic driver will result in a stimulus to our local businesses and add much needed dollars to our local economy. Strong management is essential to our parks success. This opportunity is vital to Broussard’s future.
The City of Broussard must make new efforts to engage with its citizens through social media, attendance at local events and other outreaching efforts.
Increasing the communication with local businesses and residents is the only way to truly understand their needs and expectations. Furthermore, Broussard has a responsibility to engage with other local, parish and state governmental bodies to bring every available resource home for the betterment of the community and achieve new opportunities for local businesses.
The City of Broussard must be accountable, as well as it’s employees and elected officials. We will set goals and achieve them. Creating a pathway for success through a 5 and 10 year plan ensures our city will have the direction it needs to achieve its goals.
Introducing best business practices into our city will increase efficiency and stretch the existing budget to make the most of every dollar. Our city will review current policy and procedure, negotiate new and existing contracts and work to create the most efficient governmental body possible. Managing personnel, projects and contracts is an essential role of any Mayor. Managing the initiatives of improving drainage and infrastructure for our city will be a priority.
About Ray Bourque
- Ray is a lifelong resident of Broussard
- Co-owner and President of Touche’ Printing and Sign Company
- Ray has been married to Mitzi Bourque for 24 years and they have 2 children, Jake and Hailey Bourque.
- St. Cecilia School. “St. Cecilia has always been an important part of my life. My parents made the decision to send my sister and I there and it was an easy choice to have Jake and Hailey attend St. Cecilia.”
- Parishioner of Sacred Heart Church.
- Ray is the current Chairman of the Board of the Broussard Chamber of Commerce.
- Ray is the current Councilman for District 3 in Broussard, he is in his 2nd term / 8th year.
- Ray is the current chair for the City Council’s recreation committee and also its budget committee.
- Ray sits on the City Council’s drainage committee.
Improvements for District 3 since Ray has been in office
Since Ray was elected to office District 3 has benefitted from 2 major drainage projects as well as many road improvements and the completion of the Bernard road phase 3 project. As well as the addition of the regional sewer lift station located near Broussard Middle School.
Ray has also been a supporter of the recreational initiative in Broussard and the construction of St. Julien Park and the Broussard Sports complex.
What can you expect from Ray once elected.
A conservative based leader who believes that family is the center of our community. Someone who has the best interests of people at heart and a businessman that demands fiscal responsibility and believes in a smaller governmental role and a pay as you go policy.
“All people should expect a quick response when contacting any governmental official, local or otherwise. It comes down to customer service.”
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