I am Larry P. Bergeron and I am announcing my candidacy for the position of mayor of Morgan City. I want to be your mayor. With your help, we can move our community forward to a brighter and more prosperous future, one for all to enjoy.
Being born and reared here in Morgan City, I am the second son born to Roy and Inez Babin Bergeron. I am married to the former Evelyn Carpenter. We have four children, Toni Bergeron Hardy, who is the principal at Carver Primary School in Prairieville; Christine Bergeron Villa, who is a former principal of Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic School in Baton Rouge; Darren Bergeron, who is a partner in a building supply company in New Orleans; and Scott Bergeron, who manages a building supply chain company in Atlanta.
Our children have provided us with nine beautiful grandchildren, Courtney, Jordan, Clinton, Abby, Andrea, Taylor, Shelby, Alex, and Jill. I am also the brother of Roy J. Bergeron Jr., who is married to Margaret Melancon, and Brenda Bergeron Cloutier, who is married to “Rusty” Cloutier.
I graduated valedictorian of Sacred Heart High School in 1958 and attended Nicholls State University for two years. In 1961, I married my high school sweetheart and like they say, the rest is history. From 1961 until 1979, I owned and managed my own company with the help of my wife. After selling the business, I was an insurance agent for a few years until 1983 when former mayor Dr. C.R. Brownell opened a hiring freeze to hire me for the position of chief administrative officer for the city. I worked with him for a few months and then joined Mayor LaFleur’s administration.
I was fortunate to have worked with four mayors during my almost 20 years at city hall, “Doc,” Cedric, Tim Matte and Tim Tregle. I have been in the trenches when the going got tough, particularly through the hurricanes and the aftermath and all the clean-up that had to be done. Through it all, it made me a stronger person. Also while being the chief administrative officer I enrolled at LSU and graduated from the Local Government Managers Program under the direction of Dr. Brookie Alphin. This enhanced my managerial abilities for the benefit of the city. As the CAO for the city, I helped administer millions of dollars annually and also coordinated and directed the efforts of all departments.
I am ready to offer myself again to be there for you in times of distress as well as when you are in your comfort zone. Let me be of service to you again, let me be your mayor. I am prepared to be your full time mayor.
Things that are needed to move this city forward are and not necessarily in this order: instilling in our citizens a “can do attitude,” accentuate our positives, get the city cleaned up and keep it clean, spend continual monies on the utility system to make it more reliable as we have done on the sewer system, continue to improve our water system in order to lower our fire rating, and work closely with FEMA to get the elevation issue settled so we can move forward with housing.
We also need to work with all our assets of the Atchafalaya River, Hwy. 90 and rail transportation to enhance Morgan City, economic development including doing what we can to enhance the businesses already here, and bring more development to the Lake Palourde area as I believe it is our “Diamond in the Rough” of which we have just touched the surface.
I have the experience, the knowledge, the ability and the willingness to be your mayor and I am proud to call Morgan City my hometown. Please make sure you vote on Nov. 6. Please consider me when you vote.
God Bless Morgan City! God Bless the USA!