Councilwoman Nanette Simon Cook is seeking a second term in office, running for the newly-created Lafayette City Council, District 4, to continue working to keep neighborhoods safe, maintain fiscal responsibility and fight for the needs of her community.
In her four years serving on the Lafayette City-Parish Council, Nanette worked closely with police and fire departments as Chairman of the Police and Fire Committee. She initiated the “Kids Love Cops” program in schools across the parish to establish a foundation of trust between youth and law enforcement.
She made public health a top priority, co-authoring Lafayette’s no-smoking ordinance, establishing a drug prevention program that collected unused prescription medication to prevent abuse, and working to maintain parish recreational facilities as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Nanette served as Vice Chair of the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, overseeing utility service and ensuring quality delivery for ratepayers. She also voted to turn down the sale or management of LUS to an outside organization.
Above all, Nanette is responsive to her constituents, hosting town hall meetings and tackling critical needs like drainage, including successfully fighting for a flood control levee for the neglected Long Plantation neighborhood.
Nanette is the mother of five grown children, a respected community leader and teacher with 37 years of experience. She has taught at all levels, from elementary school to university, in public and private schools, and presently teaches Physical Education at Cathedral-Carmel.
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from LSU in 1980 and a Master of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from USL in 1988. She is a 1976 graduate of Our Lady of Fatima High School.
Nanette’s father, Al Simon, served on the Lafayette City Council in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Nanette was inspired by his love for Lafayette and public service.
Nanette and her husband David have been married for 37 years. They have five grown children — Clare, Emily, John, Christopher and Eleanor. They are Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist.