District 10 Candidate: Jay Gaudet

Metro Council Candidates

Biographical Information:
Jay Gaudet, A graduate of Southern University, has served District 10 for over a decade as a
father, husband, mentor, educator, influencer, and entrepreneur. Jay being a teen father adapted
to mentoring youth at an early age on teen parenting, co parenting strategies, leadership and
developing a positive and productive mindset. Jay continued to serve youth in his early 20s, after receiving his Masters in Criminal Justice, as a Juvenile Probation Counselor, coordinating service for at risk youth in the 70802, 70803 and 70805 zip codes.

Jay worked closely with multiple organizations and community leaders to empower our youth and address recidivism rates. As a Legislative Assistant intern for The Dr. Leo Butler Center in 2008, Jay received first-hand knowledge on the inclusiveness of a Community Center. He realized the stabilizing effects, and economic vitality that the community center brings to the local families and businesses.


Jay became a Professor through the SUSLA program with Southern University teaching Intro to
Criminal Justice. He continued his work as an Educator in a Local High school. Jay currently serves a Commissioner on the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority Board. Jay was appointed and currently serves on to the Product Council for Urban Land Institute in which the council explores best practices, lessons learned and cutting-edge trends in development and redevelopment of urban and near urban mixed-use projects.


Jay being a local business owner understands the dynamics of small business set-asides and
Disadvantage Enterprise Programs, as well as access to capital and the vital need for small
business growth and sustainability within the community. He and his wife were awarded in 2019
from the LSBDC in partnership with Southern University the PRIDE Award for Millennials
Business Innovator Award.

Their business has been nominated 2 years in a row for SBA’s Small Business of the Year
Award, and SBA Small Person of the Year award. Presently, Jay continues his community work by mentoring youth on wealth building strategies through his Breeding Bosses program and by teaching youth the the importance of financial literacy and ownership through his youth real estate investment program Restore the Block. Jay has consistently made youth the focal point of his community work, because he truly believes that our youth are the next generation of leadership.

Personal Information:
Phone Number: 225-395-9188
Email: votegaudet@gmail.com

Campaign website/Facebook/Social Media:
Website: www.jaygaudet.com
Social: @jaygaudet(Instagram) @justingaudet (facebook)
Virtual Push Card: https://m.mvcard.me/jaygaudet


What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?
I believe any peaceful stand for social justice is necessary and should be supported.

What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?
I believe that as a people we have to be more proactive that reactive, consistency yields results.
We have to fight more for the change of laws addressing police brutality, criminal justice reform
and racial injustice opposed to just the actual act.


Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?
Yes, Police reform should be addressed in the manner of:

Human Resources
• Screening new applicants through enhanced psychological and personality assessments.
• Grade level security clearance
• Increased pay with a change in the 30 year retirement package to be more attractive to
hire and retain the Millennial and Gen Z job applicants.

Training
• Annual conflict resolution training
• Annual training on lethal force
• Annual training on community policing

Accountability
• Psychological screenings and personality assessments conducted by non local third
party.

What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic?
I think some approaches in addressing the pandemic has been absolute and I believe some has
been positive. I believe that the attempt to support families and businesses financially was a
positive and necessary approach.

What would you want to be done differently?
I would have liked to see more planning and support for small businesses, especially
restaurants, restaurants is a tough business and I think putting focus on recycling local dollars
to our small business community would have had positive effects on our economy.


Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the stimulus?
I’m in support of additional aid, whether in form of a stimulus and/or more financial resources to
aid businesses to keep there doors open and support their staff. I believe the stimulus is a start,
but more than a check, people need income.


What do you believe is the biggest issue constituents in the district you are running for are
facing?

• Crime
• Blight
• Education
• Innovation


What are the principles of your campaign and why?

The principles of my campaign is the next generation of leadership, its about legacy. We have a
responsibility to educate the generations to follow on leadership, wealth generation, unity,
equality and consistency.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”
-Ghandi

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