Council chairmanship changes hands _lowres

Chris Loar

Chris Loar qualified as a candidate for Ascension Parish president on the first day of qualifying, Sept. 8.

Loar, a 39-year-­old Republican and resident of Prairieville, is running for the open seat being vacated by Tommy Martinez. The primary election will be held Oct. 24.

“I look forward to bringing people together and working towards building a stronger foundation for the future of our community,” Loar said in a written statement. “I will use my business and technology background to develop innovative solutions to the tough problems Ascension Parish faces as it continues to grow.”

Loar is a graduate of LSU, where he earned a master’s degree in information systems. He was the director of business information systems for a large health care system, he said.

Loar recently released a 10-­part plan that focuses on “ensuring that the people of Ascension Parish have the highest return on their investment and that resources are efficiently utilized to improve services and lives,” he said.

Loar has been married to his wife, Jodi Gele-­Loar, for 17 years, and they have two daughters, Evangeline and Sinclair.

For information about Loar’s plan, visit www.chris