- Full name, age and length of time as a registered Republican:
Regina Mary DuBuisson, 64, and I have been a Republican for so long I don’t recall when I registered as such.
- If you’ve been a Republican less than four years ….
- Why are you a member of the Republican Party?
I believe in limited government, less regulation, lower taxes, individual liberty and responsibility. I believe that government exists to provide essential services, not “nice-to-haves,” as Congressman Livingston used to say.
- Home address and length of time there?
153 Moonraker Dr., Slidell, LA 70458. My husband and I have lived in this home since 2004.
- Have you ever been convicted of a crime …?
- Have you ever run for office before?
No, and I’m anxious to bring a fresh voice to Baton Rouge.
- Do you consider yourself a conservative, moderate or liberal Republican?
I consider myself a conservative, in the tradition of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. Government exists to serve the people, and not the other way around. Government should stop expanding, stop spending as much as it takes, should take less, and should focus on the essential functions: public safety and health, justice, and national security.
- Experience in management and budgeting?
As a longtime business-owner, I managed dozens of staff, a budget of about half a million dollars a year, and the bureaucracy of government regulations. Having spent eight years as a state employee, I’ve managed the office and budget of a state representative. I am the only candidate with experience managing state taxpayer funds.
- Why are you seeking this office?
I know I have the experience, knowledge and expertise to serve the people of District 90. I don’t need or want a title; rather, I want to take my decades of volunteerism to a higher level wherein I can make an even better difference for the people. For years, Rep. Cromer (now Mayor Cromer) has encouraged me to consider running when he vacated the seat, whether by term limits or election to a higher office. I have significant experience in state government. I know the people, the processes and the procedures, and I am well-prepared to fulfill the remainder of this term without hesitation or a deep learning curve.
- Three most important responsibilities of the position?
Constituent engagement is key. One cannot represent a district without proactively seeking input from the people one serves. I have been actively involved in the community of District 90 for more than 30 years, not just as a state employee but as a volunteer in a diversity of organizations. 2. Representing the interests of the people of the District is a tremendous responsibility, and cannot be effectively accomplished without such engagement. 3. Voting conservatively, rejecting tax increases and new taxes, and supporting maximum freedom for the people of Slidell and Pearl River and, on a larger scale, Louisiana.
- Three biggest challenges if elected?
The political climate in Baton Rouge is volatile. A tax-and-spend governor is at odds with a largely term-limited Legislature that succumbs to his pressures and, quite simply, to fatigue. I will not fall victim to this and will persevere against this challenge with my fellow conservative legislators from throughout the state. Secondly, the challenge of balancing the state budget against truly essential services is paramount to the job of representative. I will use every tool at my disposal – especially community engagement – to navigate this labyrinth. Finally, building alliances across the political aisle without compromising our values is important; the solutions to our problems aren’t all Right or all Left, but often lie in the middle. I will do what must be done to improve our state without violating the confidence of the voters, the RPEC, or the GOP.
- Three most important goals?
Rep. Cromer did a great job staying in touch with his constituents, and I will do the same – through community meetings, mail and online surveys, and proactive appearances at public events. I cannot overstate the importance of this. Second, I will stand firm against tax increases and new taxes. Finally, I will work tirelessly for flood protection and other infrastructure improvements in District 90 that the state should fund.
- How have your career and life experiences prepared you for this position?
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I was a longtime business-owner. I share our community’s values and goals – a safe place; a family-friendly community; an economy that encourages young people to stay here for quality jobs; an education system that is properly funded with minimal state interference and local control; a community that is engaged and active in making ourselves better, not putting our hand out to Baton Rouge. These principles have guided my life.
- Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position?
The other candidates have impressive credentials, but I am the only one with more than 30 years of community engagement and volunteerism, in addition to experience in business-ownership, all within District 90. I am also the only candidate who will hold the Representative position full-time.