Voter's Guide, 2019 Special Spring Elections - LWVBR
Position Metro Council District 8
NameBrendan Csaposs

Campaign Information

Campaign Phone4157064224
Campaign Web Site

Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
ProfessionPublic Education
Present Employer / positionIDEA Innovation Academy, Principal-in-Residence
Length of residence in Juridiction3 years
List of educational institutions and degreesHobart College, BA in Music & LGBT Studies, 2009
The George Washington University, MA in Educational Leadership & Administration, 2015
The University of Arkansas, Doctorate in Adult Education & Lifelong Learning, current student
Prior elected and appointed positionsN/A
Civic involvment and affiliationsSouth Louisiana Coalition for Education
Leadership for Educational Equity
Progressive Social Network of Baton Rouge
VOTE (Voices of the Experienced)

Questions specific to the position

1. What are the three most important measures our city-parish should take to support residents whose homes flooded in 2016 and to prevent future large-scale flooding? 1. Undertake a thorough review of current flood-control infrastructure to determine which structures must be updated, and in what priority order, to improve drainage. Utilize this information to make a structured, strategic plan for improvements in coming years.
2. Undertake a thorough environmental review, based on updated flood maps, to determine impact of ongoing development and generate strategic guidelines for the Planning Commission to guide approval of future developments.
3. Undertake a review of additional infrastructure, such as the wall on I-12, to determine impact on flooding patterns and create recommendations for necessary updates or adjustments.
2. What steps would you take as council member to ensure adequate oversight of agencies with dedicated funding (such as MARC, etc.) to prevent overspending of taxpayer dollars by those agencies? All agencies with dedicated funding should be required to create thorough budgetary proposals prior to those funds being released (for new dedicated funding sources) and submit quarterly progress-to-goal reports aligned to those budgets on a quarterly basis to the Metro Council so that they can be properly held accountable to spending the taxpayers' money in responsible ways. This can also provide regular updates on the agencies' progress against annual goals related to their organizational missions, to ensure that each agencies is providing the intended services with fidelity.
3. Do you believe we have adequate public transportation options in EBR? If not, what would you do to improve them? Can improving public transportation help alleviate EBR's traffic problems? No, not at all. CATS has cut back its services in recent years, and there are now areas of our District (in addition to the city) that lack adequate access to public transit. Not only is this an issue of equity that disproportionately affects those of lower socioeconomic status, but it directly impacts our ability to reduce traffic issues over time. When it takes nearly 3 hours to get from one end of the parish to another on the bus, who is going to take the bus unless they literally have no other option? This is an issue I hear about regularly on the doors. We need to thoroughly examine our public transportation system, and look closely at the systems in place in other similarly-sized cities in the South, to examine ways we can update our service delivery model and more efficiently get people moving in ways that help the system work for them.
4. Are you in favor of the Fairness Ordinance that would bar discrimination against people based on their sexuality or gender identity? Why or why not? I am one of the people who has worked on this ordinance, so yes, of course I support it! As a proud gay man myself, I am lucky to work for an employer that chooses to go above and beyond the law to include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policy. For the vast majority of my LGBT brethren, however, this is not the case, and it keeps people from being able to truly live their lives without fear of reprisal based on who they are. This is wrong, and also has a major impact on our ability to be an economically competitive, productive metropolitan area. When people feel safe and included, they are able to be more productive members of society, and this is a crucial step towards making our city a better place for all its citizens.