As many of you may have heard by now, qualifying for the October 12th ballot closed this past Thursday at 4:30PM without an opponent qualifying to run against me. This means come January 2020 I will be the District 6 Council Representative for Ascension Parish.
First off, I want to thank every single person who has shown their unwavering support of since announcing my candidacy back in January. From day one the support was unbelievable and it only grew from there. Even though we ran half of this campaign with no opponent, I continued knocking on doors and talking to as many of you as possible because it is necessary to talk to the people you represent, or else how can you properly represent them.
My plans from now until January now change a bit, and they involve a few different aspects. First off, it is important that I continue to meet as many of my constituents as possible. My plan for that going forward is to start setting up “Meet and Greets” at individuals homes in the evenings or on weekends. This will allow me to speak with larger groups at a time, which allows us to get more interaction than ever to hear everyone’s concerns, ideas, and opinions. So please, if your street or neighborhood would like to get together and talk, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The second part of my plan is to immediately start diving into the parish’ current events. I’ve been fortunate enough that many of the current council members and parish administrators have reached out to help get started diving into the many planned projects and ideas. This will allow me a head start for the new session that begins in January. I will also start working on my ideas to start moving us forward in areas we are deficient in.
Lastly, I want to make local government as transparent as possible. I know firsthand how hard it can be to stay involved by making it to the meetings, how difficult a lot of the literature can be to understand, and the frustration that sets in when you don’t get answers to your questions from your representatives. In an effort to help keep the everyday citizens as informed as possible, I plan to utilize social media. As a millennial, I know how powerful and informative social media can be. I would be transforming my Facebook Campaign page, ‘Chase Melancon for District 6 Council’ into ‘Chase Melancon-District 6 Council’. It is here, where in an effort to inform you as much as possible, I will publish agenda items, give some description and detail to the item, we can provide feedback, and where I can state my ideas and opinions on matters. I have a deep need for you to believe that I will always have your best interest at heart and always want you to be aware of what’s happening. I want to be the public servant you can trust, and always remember that I am just that, a public servant to you, and only you.