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February 22, 2013

PA Councilman wants proactive, cooperative approach as mayor

PORT ARTHUR — District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet is tired of being reactive. He is ready to be proactive, and as a mayoral candidate, he has a plan.

“If you don’t have a plan, all you’re doing is reacting,” the 62-year-old said.

As a city, that is all Port Arthur has been doing, Doucet said. The city has been addressing issues as they arise instead of anticipating them. And Doucet believes it is time for that to change.

“In order to create a change, it must be at the top,” he said. “If the change is created at the top, then what you have is a different mindset, and that mindset is what governs.”

Doucet wants to implement a citywide plan of strategies and goals to reach in the near and distant future, he said. One of those goals is a plan to identify sources for funding and a timetable for repairing bad roads.

With such a plan, Doucet said, people could understand where the city would be in five or ten years, and the city could point to the plan when in doubt of what to do next. It would establish priorities for the city.

But the first step would be to identify problems that need fixing and then find solutions to those problems, Doucet said.

“We should take pride in the whole city” and make it the kind of place people want to return to after they have left, he said.

“If the future citizens of Port Arthur do not want to stay in Port Arthur,” he said, “then what will become of this city?”

As the mayor, Doucet said his role would be to lead, not issue orders like an army general. But he probably could. He served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army for 30 years.

In an effort of synchronicity, Doucet wants to bring the various entities that govern Port Arthur together — the Economic Development Corporation, the Port of Port Arthur, the school district and the chamber of commerce.

Right now, everyone is working really hard but going in different directions, he said. The entities need to meet about once a quarter to discuss what direction in which to work, and Doucet believes he is the person who could take the lead and make that happen.

“Citizens deserve elected officials who understand their needs,” he said.

Doucet announced his plans to run for mayor in October with the support of District 1 Councilman Raymond Scott Jr.

Doucet grew up in Port Arthur and has served on the City Council for about a year and a half. He would have to resign from his seat as the District 4 Councilman in order to serve as mayor, but he would stay in that seat until the election.


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