New Livingston Parish Council members hoping to build positive working relationship with parish administration _lowres

John Wascom

Denham Springs businessman John Wascom, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for Livingston Parish Council District 4 in the Oct. 24 election.

Wascom, 51, has served on the Denham Springs City Council for 16 years and said he looks “forward to bringing new fresh ideas and a willingness to move the parish forward.”

“I am a fiscal conservative and am ready to immediately start working on maintaining the strengths and policies to protect the future of our parish,” he said. “Over the next months and years, Livingston Parish must address many critical issues, including aging infrastructure, continuing with economic development and protecting our citizens.”

Wascom said that while on the City Council, he made numerous trips to Washington, D.C., to visit the legislative delegation, “building a coalition to acquire millions of dollars in road improvement, drainage and traffic relief.”

He is a board member for the Livingston Parish Choir, was a member on the Parks and Recreation District Board, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and past president of Denham Springs Kiwanis.

He graduated from Denham Spring High School in 1981. He and his wife of 28 years, Linda Russell Wascom, have two sons, Aaron and Drew, and they attend Live Oak Methodist Church.

“I have the experience and fortitude necessary to help lead this parish into the future through hard work and dedication,” he said. “I stand committed to open lines of communication and covet the input of more citizens in our decision making process.”