BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Metro Council District 10 candidate Jay Gaudet says Baton Rouge is changing generationally.
Gaudet said the Parish’s Juvenile Services is the place where he started in public service as a detention officer.
“Working in this space, being a detention officer here, especially being so young, it showed me that I had a responsibilty to the youth.”
Gaudet said he was then promoted and worked with families who lived in District 10. That’s when he said it hit home for him.
Gaudet was raised by a single mother in New Orleans. He’s a Hurricane Katrina survivor who relocated to Baton Rouge. He became a father at 14 years-old, but despite the odds, he went to Southern University and earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
He then started restore the block to address blight in the District. It’s that work that connected him with current District 10 Metro Council Member Tara Wicker. She has supported his campaign from the beginning.
Gaudet explained, “Her biggest advice to me was stay true to yourself.”
Gaudet said several of his former challenger are also supporting him.
Collobaration is a word he used often during our conversation. He said it’s the only way the Metro Council can help the City-Parish move forward.
“The metro council has to work together despite personal beliefs and personal views. Despite how they feel about the person sitting next to them, or across the table, we all have to be able to work together as a body,” said Gaudet.
He believes the Metro Council needs to come together on the $5 million dollar judgment for Alton Sterling’s children, increase in police pay, and getting illegal guns off the street to help lower the violent crime rate.
District 10 is the most diverse Metro Council district in the City-Parish. It runs from part of Scotlandville all the way South to LSU.
“I’m not coming to the table to say I know everything. I’m coming to the table to say I’m a leader that understands you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. So, I’m a leader that wants to build a team. I’m a leader that knows I’m not gonna always be the smartest person in the room,” explained Gaudet.