MORGAN CITY, La. -- My name is Charles Emile Pratt Sr., and I am your new voice for District 3.
I will vote yes or no on every decision that is brought before me.
I offer my heart, my hands and a lending ear to you, in working toward solving your issues with your neighborhood, and with city hall.
I am a native of Morgan City, the son of Jack and Eunice Pratt. I graduated valedictorian of my high school class in 1955, the Morgan City Colored High School.
I enrolled at the University of California, UCLA, and graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration and marketing in June 1960.
Immediately, I began working as a systems simulation designer of training exercises for our country’s military.
My post-baccalaureate education includes graduate studies in quantitative data analysis at the University of Southern California and studies in Teaching Children in Conflict, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then known as USL.
I enrolled and completed courses in computer systems training, design and analysis at IBM, effective listening and speed reading courses at the Xerox Corporation, and corporate internal training courses and job-related seminars and conferences, at the RAND Corp.
While in Los Angeles, I helped form Big Friends Inc., a minority sales and marketing training company. We trained and placed minorities in sales jobs with the airlines and other major companies.
I am the father of 11, six daughters and five sons. I have 16 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. I am also the grandfather of film and television actress Kyla Pratt.
As your new District 3 councilman, I am looking forward to working with our new mayor and fellow councilmen on these issues:
—I believe Morgan City needs enhanced recreational opportunities for our children and our elderly. One item early on my to-do-list, is to update the computer system at the city library.
—City Hall needs to become more technology friendly — for example, we should be able to pay our utility bill online.
—I would like to strengthen open communication and a better rapport between the Morgan City Police Department, and our neighborhoods.
—And, I will suggest to the new mayor, that he develop a Tipmaster program within City Hall and among the council — to provide the city with quality leads on prospective businesses and to provide the public with the highest quality service available.
In District 3, I plan to hold a monthly town hall meeting in each area of the district, to gain input on your concerns and to receive your suggestions.
Self-determination is a must if we’re going to survive in a rocky economy. Morgan City leaders have to think “out the box” because what used to be is just that — it used to be.
The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that old things have passed away, yet Morgan City keeps things the same, instead of enhancing its vision for the new.
As your new District 3 councilman, I will bring my diverse experience, a quality educational background, and a strong belief in educating our youth, to city hall.
Constantly, I plan to seize every opportunity to interact with our youth and to help build and reinforce their self-esteem. (I worked my way through college as a janitor.)
I have been a part-time recreation park supervisor for our city, for more than 38 years. I also have been the stadium announcer at Tiger Stadium, Spinella Park and Complex Park and a substitute teacher at our parish schools.
To the ladies and gentlemen of District 3, because of my vested interest as a parent and resident of this city, I feel qualified to do a good job in working in harmony with my fellow councilman to achieve a better community.
I am No. 59 on the ballot. The voting locations (polling places) for District 3 are:
—The St. Mary Parish Council Building at 301 Third St. (across from the former Sacred Heart Elementary School).
—The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s office at the former Sumpter Williams High School, at 1455 Railroad Ave.
—Pharr United Methodist Church Hall at 517 Federal Ave.
—Morgan City Junior High at 911 Marguerite St.
—The St. Mary Parish School Board Building at 212 Onstead St.
—The St. Mary Parish Health Unit/911 Building at 1200 David Drive.
Hire me, I will work for you. I am your new voice for District 3, Charles Emile Pratt Sr.