Chris Broadwater, a longtime Hammond resident and lawyer, is running for the District 86 House race.

By qualifying in the race as a Republican candidate, Broadwater announced he is one step closer to helping to lead Tangipahoa Parish and Louisiana to a better future.

“The key issues facing our district are economic development and education,” Broadwater said in his announcement. “I already have the relationships and experience to be effective on day one.”

Broadwater said his ability to produce effective legislation is already evident through his work as the director of the office of workers compensation and in the private sector.

He said his ability to successfully collaborate on drafting and passing more than a dozen pieces of reform legislation in the Louisiana Legislature has resulted in requests to assist in developing legislation in other states.

In a time when Americans want the government to cut wasteful spending (the most recent Associated Press poll revealed that 6 in 10 want to see spending cuts), Broadwater said he plans to do just that by using his experience in managing and balancing a budget. As the head of a state agency where he developed and managed a $62 million budget, Broadwater said he succeeded in decreasing fraud and waste in the state government.

Broadwater is a graduate of Louisiana College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

He and his wife, Hilaria, reside in Hammond and have three daughters, Emma Grace, Rose Kathron and Maggie Frances.

The primary election is Oct. 22.

The new House District 86 includes Independence, Tickfaw, Natalbany and northwest Hammond.