In 2006, Jacques Roy was elected as Alexandria’s 23rd Mayor, capturing 76% of the vote and becoming one of the youngest mayors in Alexandria history. During those first four years, his tenacious, hands-on, and proactive approach to City government resulted in a number of sweeping and transformative changes. On October 2, 2010, Mayor Roy was re-elected, overwhelmingly defeating a field of four challengers by garnering 62% of the primary vote, avoiding a run off, and solidifying his base of support.
On November 4, 2014, you will have the opportunity to re-elect Mayor Roy. Early voting is Oct. 21-28 (except Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the Nov. 4 primary election.
From new quality-of-life initiatives to reinvestment in infrastructure long deferred, Alexandria is on an evidence-based, aggressive, and steady plan of work to make our city even more attractive. We want to attract our kids, new citizens, and anyone wanting to settle and raise a family to Alexandria. We are seeing the return of our kids home to start their families, and this will only increase with continued positive growth and leadership.
Today, Alexandria is moving into the 21st century at an intense pace, establishing itself as an innovator in public policy, infrastructure investment, smart growth, workforce development, public-private partnerships, and urban renewal. The work is not finished, but because of Mayor Roy’s leadership, it is well underway.
Mayor Roy understands for Alexandria to compete it must capitalize on its advantages and resources. It must be prepared to make the investment in change needed to become a 21st century city. We invite you to explore this website and learn about Mayor Roy’s accomplishments, his priorities, and his vision for our shared future and how to wake up our City to its potential. We welcome your questions and your feedback, and we ask for your support and your participation in moving this City forward. Mayor Roy needs your vote and help to continue this journey of revitalization of our home, Alexandria, making it the great city centered in Louisiana it should be. Alexandria truly can be the place Where Louisiana Connects!
Addressing Neighborhood Needs, Crime and Sustainability
Jacques Roy makes policing a top priority. He commissioned an objective audit and acted on its conclusions. He championed significant investments in technology that provide police with the tools they need to more effectively combat crime and drugs. Crime rates have dropped under his administration and the leadership provided by Alexandria’s police chief, selected by Mayor Roy. The Mayor’s plan known as SAFEAlex is a one-of-a-kind experiment based on the principles of SafeGrowth. A founding father of this method of citizen empowerment has called the Mayor’s SAFEAlex program “groundbreaking” and the first of its kind in many respects.
Reactive enforcement, saturation, and plain old boots-on-the-ground — to be sure — have a place; however, crime is multi-faceted and its reduction, roots, sentinel causes, and our responses seem to work one day and then become inexplicably unresponsive the next. Holistic, neighborhood-based programs, supported by police and city departments, are the way forward. This is the essence of SAFEAlex, which not only has taken root, but is showing effectiveness in several benchmark categories. The Mayor’s SAFEAlex program addresses neighborhood blight, health, and so much more. It integrates the vitality of neighborhoods by connecting people and training them to be eyes and ears for not only crime, but to diagnose the symptoms of crime and the negative changes and behaviors in neighborhoods that invite crime.
Open Government that Works for the People
Jacques Roy brings accountability to city government to give taxpayers confidence their money is being spent wisely. He ended wasteful payments to outside groups and has hired professionals, not political cronies, to manage city business. Incredibly, during the recession, Mayor Roy and his team increased Retained Earnings, commonly called the city’s surplus, while maintaining the highest standards of performance among the divisions in Alexandria’s history. From winning budget awards every year to stellar independent audits, this administration has no blemish on its accountability record in eight years of governance. Most recently, the administration achieved the enviable and totally uncommon (AA) bond rating indicating to the world the safety of investment in Alexandria obligations.
Another example of accountability at work is SmartAlex, designed to address streamlining local government activities, increase accountability, promote the use of best practices, and make government services pay for themselves (when possible). Mayor Roy personally has identified and eliminated duplicative, wasteful programs, promoted local patronage, and championed use of services, products, and community resources. Some notable achievements are AlexConnects and our biggest savings accomplishment: the Alexandria Utility Sustainability Project, saving citizens millions of dollars in utility payments, stabilizing and diversifying Alexandria’s use of fuels to power electricity, and ensuring a quality of service during storms unmatched by any competitor in the region. Just recall the Christmas storms of 2012, Hurricane Gustav and other severe weather responses by Mayor Roy’s team with his leadership right out on the front lines.
Consider the transparency offered by briefings, unfettered access to media, and published policy papers on just about every issue and program with which the city is engaged; this openness is astounding and offers not only a timely glimpse of the City’s governance but a real time view of how decisions are made. The Mayor’s philosophy is that the process leading to a decision can be every bit as important as the decision when it comes to the public domain.
Quality of Life in Our City
As promised in 2010, Mayor Roy made recreation, education, and children the focus of his second term, thereby completing the entire 2006 transition team plan. From the successful Community College Initiative, a project totaling over $24,000,000 in new capital investment in the Alexandria downtown, to successfully partnering to see the Hotel Bentley placed in commerce, and a groundbreaking recreation program vetted in public and with professional detail responsive to our voiced community needs, community services have never been better when it comes to Alexandria’s recreation, arts, and cultural life. A great example of the responsiveness to community suggestions are eat walk run and AlexRiverFête. Better interfacing with schools and certified community advocates and nongovernmental support organizations are central to a unified and effective community plan to enrich the lives of children, our overall health, and community activities. We have tremendous resources in Alexandria. We need to support those great community players and better utilize what they offer with accountability and novelty. Stay tuned for our community services summit this summer!
Creating Jobs, Growing the Economy and Investing in Infrastructure
Jacques Roy’s capital projects and the SPARC program invest millions of dollars in infrastructure. These targeted public investments allow the private sector to do what it does best: create good paying jobs while improving the quality of life for all citizens. The SPARC program is now paying dividends throughout the entire city: Just take a drive down Bolton Avenue, Masonic Drive, through downtown, or go to one of the new community-based festivals started by Mayor Roy’s administration — like AlexRiverFête. As promised when he ran in 2006, Mayor Roy created the most significant economic development initiative in the City’s history. The program has been forcefully adopted by citizens by the affirmative vote of support in Mayor Roy’s re-election, support for recreation expansion, and genuine pride in and around the community resulting from visible changes to the Alexandria landscape. Talk to economic development stakeholders about the Mayor’s investment in infrastructure to help attract firms like CoolPlanet and PaperWorks, totaling well over $190,000,000 in new capital expenditures and high-paying jobs. Or, consider the Mayor’s Downtown Alexandria Now! initiative, bringing investment to the most important aspect of our community: our people.
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