Lafayette Parish we can do better! My name is Jon Liprie MD and I am running for the Lafayette Parish Council.
We need responsible effective leadership to represent our Parish.
I will use my years of leadership experience to represent our Parish and tackle the tough challenges ahead.
I have practiced as an Internal Medicine physician for the last 25 years. In this role, I first listen carefully to the patient, then gather information before making life-changing decisions. In my early years, I flew as a commercial pilot; a role that requires careful thought and eliminating distraction before taking action. Currently and for the last 15 years, I have been the Medical Director for a team of hospital-based physicians. This is my most challenging role yet, bridging the business of healthcare with the practice of medicine.
I understand the qualities of effective leadership and the benefits of teamwork. A good leader never stops learning and to this effort, I completed my Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014. A good leader is also adding new skills, I am a guitar player and an avid home remodeler. I am also a husband of 24 years to my wife Stephanie and a proud father of my three daughters. I am running out of a commitment to them as well as the people of Lafayette Parish. We need responsible effective leadership to represent our future as a Parish, keep our economy healthy and spend our money wisely.
Responsible effective leadership for our parish
In December of 2018 the City of Lafayette voted to separate the city and parish council. There will always be competing demands between city and parish for money and our resources. However, why should we face increased taxes that serve city special interests while our traffic crawls and our homes flood? We need responsible effective leadership serving on our Parish Council, representing the needs of South Lafayette, Broussard, Youngsville and Milton.
Keeping our local economy healthy
Since 2014, our economy has suffered with a downturn in oil and gas. We have all felt the effects of company closures and jobs moving to Texas. However, our top 5 employers are Lafayette General Health, Lafayette Parish School System, University of Louisiana, Lafayette Consolidated Government and Lourdes Regional Medical Center, none of which are oil and gas industries. We are not simply an oil and gas economy and I am a believer in preserving this healthy diversity. At the same time, we cannot afford to ignore new business opportunities. I will work closely with those committed to the growth and development of our Parish, not just Lafayette special interests.
Spending our money wisely
All cities face rising costs and competing demands. The flooding in 2016 exposed many to the reality of a poorly-maintained infrastructure. Our congested traffic also remains a top concern. The key is spending money wisely and in our own best interests. Raising taxes is a poor short-term solution to a long-term problem and I am committed to exploring all other opportunities first. Higher taxes discourage the growth and the development of our Parish. Together, we can create a Parish where our ditches drain, our traffic flows and business grows.
I look forward to meeting more people from this Parish and learning about your concerns and interests. I am Dr Jon Liprie, a proven capable leader running for Lafayette Parish Council. Together, we will have responsible effective leadership for our Parish, keep our economy healthy and spend our money wisely.