Running for office: Ascension Parish Council District 10 _lowres

John Cagnolatti

John Cagnolatti is running for the Ascension Parish Council District 10 seat.

Cagnolatti said he will provide leadership to address the parish’s industrial and residential growth.

“I will serve as the liaison between parish government and Mayor (Barney) Arceneaux and the Gonzales City Council to work in unison with them on common issues and concerns,” he said. “I will be proactive in building relationships with the other parish councilmen so that we can be one council representing all of Ascension for the common good.”

He’s lived in Ascension Parish since 1956. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

“Ascension Parish is my home, there’s no other place I’d like rather be,” he said in a written announcement. “I learned how to lead as an officer in the Air Force and that leadership role has transitioned into a successful career of over 35 years in industrial business development and public service.”

He served on the Gonzales City Council from 2008 to 2012 and was chairman of the Gonzales Civil Service Commission for seven years.

He served on the board of directors for the Ascension Economic Development Corporation, Ascension Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance and Associated Builders and Contractors. He volunteered with the American Heart Association, United Way, American Cancer Society and Project Kidz Kove.

Cagnolatti, 67, Republican, is a parishioner of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church and serves as a lector and eucharistic minister.

He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University and is married to Pam Bates Cagnolatti.