Riley L. “Pee Wee” Berthelot is seeking re-election as West Baton Rouge parish president in the Oct. 22 primary election.

Berthelot, a Democrat, has been the parish president for the past eight years. He was uncontested as a candidate four years ago.

“I have the experience when it counts regarding complex issues such as infrastructure, state and federal funding, emergency preparedness, problem solving as well as matters dealing with zoning and building construction,” he said.

Berthelot, 61, said he has served as a catalyst for cooperation among different government authorities and has promoted mutually cooperative efforts between the parish and local municipalities.

Berthelot cites his track record of working well with state and federal officials, as well as representatives of other parishes as reasons why voters can be comfortable re-electing him as parish president.

“As a former business owner and operator, I have relied on my business knowledge and management skills along with hard work and common sense to effectively manage daily affairs of West Baton Rouge Parish,” he said.

Berthelot has been married to his wife, Suzie, the former Suzanne LeBlanc, for 37 years. The couple lives in Addis and are active members of their community and church.

They have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

“I would like to thank the people of West Baton Rouge Parish for their votes of confidence in the past, and I humbly ask for your continued support for another term in office,” he said.

Also running for West Baton Rouge Parish president is Democrat Philip Mason.