Meet the Candidates: Parish Council District 7

Published 2:23 pm Friday, September 29, 2023

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Parish Council District 7

  • Dixie Ramirez

Date of Birth: January 4, 1933

Profession/Current employer: Louisiana Civil Law Notary Public, past employers: Deputy Clerk of Court Parish of St. John the Baptist: Owner and Notary Public of Southwestern Title in Laplace for 30 years, legal and private secretary for one of the attorneys of Brown, Fagot and Willoz for 13 years in New Orleans.

Why did you choose to run for Parish Council?

I chose to run for Councilwoman for District 7 after many prayers and speaking to family and people in my District, where I have lived for the past 44 years.

I am a citizen of this District and realize we have problems that need to be addressed. 

Our homes have been hit hard by floods and storms. 

We need someone who will speak up for our District. 

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

I believe that I am qualified to be elected as Councilperson for District 7, as I am not afraid to tackle any problems that might arise as I have in the past. 

As stated above, I have lived in my home for 44 years. I believe in our Parish and also believe that things can be better. 

I have served on many Civic and Government committees since I moved here.

The late Parish President Arnold Labat appointed me to the Jobs Training Program where I served for eight years, four of those years as Chairperson, where we helped people in St. John, St. James, and St. Charles parishes obtain training to obtain jobs. 

With the help of the late Sheriff, Lloyd Johnson, we came up with a program to help motorists on the spillway bridge feel safe if they had a flat and/or car trouble. 

Together with the late Debbie Lafitte, we got call boxes on the spillway bridge as well as the turnarounds, which of course have never been used due to the fact that they were built too small. 

What would you like to accomplish in the next four years?

I would like to be able to assist all of my constituents with any problems that might arise. 

I would like to have the school board instate programs showing students what the government does to help them and make them aware and gain their interest in being more involved in programs so when they are older, they can have the opportunity to be in this position to run for public office. 

There are many other ways I have helped the citizens of this parish. 

  • Thaddeus “Scooter” Victor

Thaddeus “Scooter” Victor

Date of Birth: December 14th 1992

Profession/ Current Employer/ Retired: Financial Planner

Why did you choose to run for Parish Council? 

To create a better future for my son Romalis “King” Victor, to be a positive influence for the youth & young adults, & to be a voice for the people of District 7 & St. John the Baptist Parish. I wanted to honor the legacy of my father, the late Thaddeus “Doc” Victor

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position? 

I am a native of SJB so I know and love the people. I am young with progressive ideas. I have over 10 years of experience in business, education & public service, & lastly I am full of the energy and passion it takes to invoke positive change in our Parish.

What is the No. 1 concern impacting your district, and how do you plan to address this?

Completion of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Levee Project. I plan to address this issue by working with the Army Corps of Engineers, other elected officials & the Parish President to protect homeowners, businesses, & schools against recurring storm damage.

What would you like to accomplish in the next four years? 

I will aggressively work to improve our parish’s infrastructure which is vital to large-scale economic development, explore grants and other initiatives to increase recreation opportunities for our kids, including adult programs and senior recreational activities, collaborate with Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Industry business partners & federal agencies to dramatically improve workforce development, support our small businesses & attract new businesses, increase new high paying job opportunities, & lastly but most importantly, connect the youth & young adults in SJBP with local government, churches & schools to create initiatives for all parties to work together to add value to the community.