The City of Jeanerette is making history after citizens elected their first ever female mayor on Saturday. Aprill Foulcard, formerly the city's Alderman at Large, served as Interim Mayor after the passing of Tim DeClouet. While his picture stills sits in city hall, Foulcard is getting ready to take her seat as Mayor.
"It was something that I had thought about before serving in the capacity of Alderman at Large. The time frame, I didn't think it would be at this point in time but it was a future endeavor for myself."
Running the city, so to speak, is an altogether different task than serving on the city's council.
"To be in the seat itself and run the day to day operations; I had to come in and review and see what was being done and what needed to be done. So, I'm not going to say it was an easy transition," she explained.
As she takes the officials reigns of Mayor, she is already preparing for the city's future growth.
"I think we need to focus on economic growth and annexation. I think it's a great idea to annex Highway 90 because you have businesses coming along that I-49 corridor and I think Jeanerette could benefit from that."
Community involvement and a possible sugar festival, anchored after Crowley's famed International Rice Festival and Rayne's Frog Festival could generate much needed revenue. All ideas, she explained, are ready to be shared with her council.
"I am establishing those short term and long term goals, working with our board of alderman and planning and establishing activities to be successful."
Foulcard will be sworn in with newly elected Alderman at Large Christia "Tia" Simmons, and Alderman for Ward 3, G. "Butch" Bourgeois at a to be determined date.
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