Running for Office: Baker City Council _lowres

Troy N. Watson

Troy N. Watson, 52, a New Orleans native and Baker resident, has announced her candidacy for Baker City Council, District 3.

Watson, a Democrat, works as a Veterans Affairs coordinator, serving as a liaison between veterans, their dependents and the VA administration.

A mother of five and grandmother of eight, she relocated to Baker after Hurricane Katrina and worked for six years as an assistant to the professor of Naval Science at Southern University’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.

She has earned several degrees, including an associate in business administration; bachelor’s in sociology; bachelor’s in both theology and Christian studies; a master’s in public administration, theology and Christian studies; and is pursuing her doctorate in theology and Christian counseling.

Watson previously served on the Baker School Board from 2011 to 2014, is a former Baker Alcohol, Beverage and Control board member and a 2012 graduate of the Barton Community Leadership Development Program. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians.

If elected, Watson said she will pursue three goals for Baker residents: growth, employment and infrastructure.

“Baker should be a destination, not a drive-thru city. We must all be better salespeople for Baker, especially City Council members,” Watson said. “If elected, I’ll work to promote unity with other council members to develop partnerships with educational institutions and businesses to implement more skilled training programs so residents can obtain higher wages. I’ll also work to beautify La. 19 and La. 67 by helping coordinate necessary repairs to our roadways and sewer system.”

The election for Baker City Council members is March 5.