Dawn Hebert wants to represent District E because she believes its residents deserve a better quality of life.
“The city has changed. It has become wealthier and more diverse, but it has also become an abyss of inequality for people, who reside and own businesses in District E,” says Hebert.
If elected, Hebert will focus on quality of life issues, education, and crime. She is dedicated to removing blight, reducing crime, and increasing economic development projects that will bring jobs to District E.
After a 27-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, Hebert began working more actively in the community to address issues and challenges.
For nearly a decade, Hebert has spoken out on problems in District E, including blight, abandoned vehicles, and litter, among others.
It’s that involvement that fueled her decision to run for the District E seat, she says.
“As council member of District E, I will continue to work and listen to community members. We know what is best for our communities. We elect officials to represent our interests and when that does not happen, a change must be made.”
Her plan for addressing District E issues includes reporting and following-up with code enforcement to reduce blighted property and holding HANO accountable for addressing safety concerns of public housing residents. Her priorities also include getting developers and brokers to build in District E.
Hebert wants NOPD substations in both the Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East.
To address problems confronting the African-American community, Hebert says DBE participation should be provided to Orleans Parish businesses first and she will encourage increased economic development investment in the district to create more jobs. To reduce excessive incarceration rates, she believes major reforms of sentencing laws are needed and more judges should seek alternatives to incarceration.
Hebert is a member of the NOPD Community Advisory board, Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority, New Orleans East Hospital Board, East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Board Commission, Independent Women’s Organization and the League of Women Voters.