Liz Webb Hebert officially announced Thursday that she is running for the District 8 seat on the Lafayette City-Parish Council. Keith Patin is the current councilman for the district but has decided not to seek re-election.
In a Thursday morning press release, the convention sales manager for the Cajundome and Convention Center says she is running to provide traffic solutions, support economic growth and bring a generational perspective to Lafayette’s key decision-making body.
“This election is critical for the future of Lafayette,” Hebert says in the release.
“Our council should be a diverse incubator of solutions, not an obstacle to success. This is particularly important in District 8, which has experienced profound growth in the past decade and is poised for even more change. Growing pains are most acute where growth is the strongest," she continues. "I am committed to serving District 8 and Lafayette Parish with an open mind, collaborative attitude and commitment to our community."
“Lafayette’s growth is inevitable,” Hebert adds. “We can either deny it with obstructionist behavior or lead that growth, guiding our Lafayette with sound policy decisions.”
Hebert, a 32-year-old Republican, is a native and lifelong resident of Lafayette Parish with a history of civic leadership and active public service. She chairs the Lafayette Junior Leadership Program and is on the board of directors for the Leadership Institute of Acadiana. She has served on the board of the705 Young Professionals, is a past president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana and has served as president of her homeowners’ association for the past six years.
Hebert was recognized in 2013 as one of the Daily Advertiser’s “Top 20 Young Professionals Under 40” and is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Class XXIII, in addition to serving as chairman of Leadership Lafayette. She is a graduate of Northwestern State University and Teurlings Catholic High School. She is married to Aaron Hebert.
Tea party candidate Carol Ross is also seeking the District 8 seat. The election is Oct. 24.