Voter's Guide, 2021 Fall Elections, New Orleans
Position Councilmembers District C
NameFrank Earl Perez

Campaign Information

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Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
ProfessionEducator/Small Business Owner
Present Employer / position
Length of residence in Jurisdiction12 Years
List of educational institutions and degreesM.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Fellow, The Salzburg Seminar
Ph.D. work (ABD), Texas Christian University
Prior elected and appointed positionsN/A
Civic involvement and affiliationsMember, FQMD Livability Committee
Member, VCC Foundation Membership Committee Board
Member, Letters Read Member, Sustainable Tourism Task Force Member, New Orleans Lesbian, and Gay Hospitality Association
Volunteer, Louisiana State Museum
Volunteer, Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
Captain, Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers

Questions specific to the position

1. Do you feel like the wages for municipal employees, such as the NOFD and EMS are adequate, and if not, how do you propose raising them? Our wages aren’t competitive enough to attract and retain institutional knowledge. We need to look at how much we’re giving away in unproductive tax credits and exemptions, lucrative contracts that aren’t enforced, and reallocate those funds.
2. Will you support an ordinance to establish an independent external evaluation of the Ethics Review Board as called for in the Charter? Please explain your answer. Yes. A closer look at how donations to council members and other elected officials are impacting votes and decisions is important.
3. In your role as the regulatory body for Entergy, what factors would you consider to increase rates? Before a single rate increase happens the most expensive contracts in the city government with the regulation advisors need to be revisited, and relet. Ratepayers are covering the costs of out-of-state lawyers and travel without any benefit to them.
4. Where is the best site for a new City Hall and why? Frankly, the city has other funding priorities right now. Purchase of an existing building that fits the needs of the city government is entirely possible. Depending upon the total costs, renovations of Charity Hospital could make it a potential site. I’m not against improved real estate for city hall, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of cultural and historically significant properties.