There are two local elections on November 16’s ballot; one to fill House of Representatives District 88’s seat in the legislature and the District 7 Ascension Parish Council runoff between one-term incumbent, Aaron Lawler, and Kim Christy. Christy’s challenge is a daunting one, how to overcome a big primary deficit; she approaches the problem just like she did for three decades as an FBI Special Agent.
“When there’s a problem, there’s a solution,” Christy would explain her plan of action to unseat the incumbent. “Like me, many of the residents of District 7 are not satisfied with our representation on the council these last four years. I’m going to speak with as many of my neighbors as possible until November 16 and we’ll see what happens.”
The north Ascension district, east of Airline Highway astraddle Highway 42 has witnessed “overwhelming residential subdivision development that has compromised every aspect of infrastructure, and our quality of life.” Kim Christy took up the challenges with the only tools available to a private citizen, her voice and the courage to use it. But first, she did the hard work of studying every piece of information available, befitting an accomplished law enforcement professional.
Self-funding her campaign, after funding an unsuccessful lawsuit to prevent “one of the worst subdivision approvals” ever done by Ascension’s Planning Commission, Christy is not one to be intimidated by long odds. That lawsuit, to enjoin construction of Jamestown Crossing’s 170-lots on one of the most substandard roads in the parish, would be dismissed “but not before the council was put on notice that the public has had enough irresponsible development.”
Christy points to more stringent development standards, enacted by a unanimous Parish Council soon after Jamestown Crossing’s May 2018 approval, as proof that those efforts did not go in vain.
“The fact of the matter is that no subdivision has been approved in over a year, not one that’s ever going to be built anyway,” she said. “My opponent did nothing to correct an obvious problem, not until the people of Prairieville took a stand anyway.”
In June 2018 rigorous Traffic Impact Analysis required of every new subdivision became the law of the land. Along with Floodplain Management/development fill ordinances finally adopted after years of delay, developers are being required to invest substantially to improve vital infrastructure before building. Kim Christy, at every step, was a vocal proponent of “these necessary changes.”
“I have never taken the position that all development must cease. But developers must be willing to invest their fair share to ensure the rights of our citizens are not violated,” she added.
Residential over-development is the issue that compelled Kim Christy to seek the District 7 Council seat. With 23 days until Election Day, Christy’s challenge is spreading her message to voters who all seem to agree with her.