State Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, says the state needs to strengthen its education system, particularly elementary and secondary education, in order to create economic growth.

“We also need to reform our tax and revenue structure to attract long-term investment, and we need to improve our infrastructure, in particular, our ports,” said Landry, who was unopposed for the District 31 seat.

In the short term, Landry said, “We need to further develop job force training, working with businesses to identify critical needs and increase health care workforce training,”

Landry said she sees no need to raise taxes.

“The state budget has been in balance,” Landry said. “Last year, despite early forecasts of a budget crisis, we balanced the budget without raising a single cent in new taxes. And, over the past four years, we have cut the state budget by over $1 billion.”

Landry also said she favors spending cuts.

“I have voted for — and will continue voting for — cuts for appropriate merging of services to save tax dollars and for the elimination of duplication and waste,” Landry said.

Asked whether a fee increase is the same as a tax, Landry said, “In most instances an increase in fees represents additional money out of taxpayers’ pockets to fund a government entity; however, there are certain situations in which an industry requests fee changes that will be paid by the industry?itself, although this is a rare situation.”

Landry said she believes a quality education and affordable health care for everyone are the keys to overcoming poverty.

“Our children are continually in the most at-risk categories,” Landry said.

Her district’s single greatest need, Landry said, is to continue working with the Acadiana legislative delegation and local elected officials to meet the tasks and goals for the district’s economic growth and its future.

“We must work together to create a good quality of life, a trained workforce and a business friendly environment so that we can continue to grow our domestic businesses and attract new businesses to our area,” Landry said. “True economic vitality can only come from private sector growth.”

NANCY LANDRY

Republican, Lafayette.

49, lawyer.

EDUCATION: B.A. in psychology, LSU; J.D., LSU Law School.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State representative.

WHERE TO VOTE

Ward/Precinct and location

Lafayette Parish

28A Duson Elementary

28B Duson Elementary

34 Ridge Elementary

35 Judice Middle Cafeteria

36 Ridge Elementary

37 Judice Middle Cafeteria

67 Fire Station No. 13

80 L.J. Alleman Middle

81 Montrose Avenue Fire Station No. 6

82 Thomas Park Recreation Center

83 Broadmoor Elementary

84 Broadmoor Fire Station No. 8

85Y Edgar Martin Middle

85Z Edgar Martin Middle

86 Fire Station No. 13

105 Milton Elementary

106 Milton Elementary

109 Milton Elementary

Vermilion Parish

24 Maurice Municipal Building

25 Cecil Picard Maurice Elementary

25A Cecil Picard Maurice Elementary