Capitol news bureau
Barry Elkins of Greenwell Springs is running for State Representative in Louisiana House District 64 in the Oct. 22 primary.
An attorney for 17 years, Elkins is co-owner of Magnolia Title of Baton Rouge LLC. Prior to founding Magnolia Title, he served as a biology teacher in both Webster and St. Tammany parishes. Elkins also worked 15 years as a medical equipment salesperson for several national medical companies.
Elkins is a member of many associations including the Land Title Association, Livingston Board of Realtors, Central Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Chamber of Commerce, Zachary Chamber of Commerce, and Krewe of Tucumcari. He is also a past board member of the Istrouma Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
“I want to ensure the citizens of District 64 have a say in the most important issues that affect them today. Issues such as taxes, education of our children, continued improvements of our roads and highways, and of course, the most important concern on everyone’s minds today is that of jobs and business expansion,” Elkins said.
Elkins is married to Angela LeBlanc, co-owner of Magnolia Title and Associate of Crawford Lewis PLLC. He has four children and two grandchildren. The Elkins attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary.
State Rep. Bodi White, R-Central, had represented the district. But White said he plans to run for Louisiana Senate District 6, which now is based in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The newly configured House District 64, covers the northeastern corner of East Baton Rouge Parish from the Zachary area, parts of Central and cross into Livingston Parish to include parts of Watson.
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State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D-Baton Rouge, has announced she is seeking re-election to her House District 67 seat.
Smith is chairwoman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus.
“For the past 3-1/2 years as your state representative, I have continued to be the voice of District 67. I’ve maintained my integrity, and worked hard to bring jobs and business opportunities to our state,” Smith said in her announcement.
“I also continued to fight for the best education for our children, as well as penal reform for the incarcerated,” said Smith, a former four-term member and former president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
Smith said she will continue to work “tirelessly” for “education reform, job creation and training, economic development, penal reform, and health-care services.”
Candidate sign-up in legislative races runs Sept. 6 through Sept. 8. The primary election is Oct. 22.
District 67 starts below River Bend Subdivision and is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River.
The district includes LSU, Old South Baton Rouge, downtown Baton Rouge, a portion of mid-town bordered by Acadian Thruway to the east as well as a portion of north Baton Rouge from the Governor’s Mansion to Lorraine Street near Tony’s Seafood on Plank Road.
Smith’s campaign office is at 2255 Highland Rd.
Smith retired from ExxonMobil in 2003. She also was coordinator of the LSU Community University Partnership.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kent State University in Ohio.
She did post-graduate work at Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio, and at LSU.
She has been appointed to the Bright Start Committee, the Louisiana Workforce Commission Advisory Committee and the Nurse Family Partnership Task Force.
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette businessman Vincent “Vince” Pierre has announced his candidacy for state House District 44, saying his professional experience and active community involvement have helped him build strong relationships in the district.
“It is critical that our district has a representative to fight for its interests at the state level, whether it is for a home rule petition, for a sewer system or fighting for local aid,” Pierre said in is campaign announcement.
“I have watched the activities in District 44, regardless of party control, regardless of partisan politics, accomplish nothing. Helping people solve problems will be the most satisfying part of the job.”
Pierre is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge and completed the Lafayette Leadership Academy, according to his announcement.
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., is on the board of the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce, serves as a Boy Scouts assistant den leader, is a past member of the Children’s Shelter Board and is a past school board member of St. Paul’s Catholic School.
The District 44 seat is held by state Rep. Rickey Hardy, D-Lafayette, who plans to seek re-election.
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LAFAYETTE - Lawyer Marshall Montgomery has announced his candidacy for 15th Judicial District Judge, Division M.
Montgomery is running for the seat vacated by Phyllis M. Keaty, who was elected to the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.
Montgomery has been practicing law since 1991.
“Born and raised in Lafayette, I am married, raising two children, and have been practicing law in Acadiana for the past 20 years,” Montgomery said in his announcement. “I know the meaning of and adhere to strong family values.”
Montgomery has sat on several boards including the Lafayette Alzheimer’s Association and the YMCA.
He also served as a chaperone for Honor Air, an organization which enables World War II veterans to visit Washington, D.C.
Montgomery also has served as a youth coach for Little League baseball and girls softball.
He is a member of the Louisiana and Lafayette bar associations and has served as a past board member of the Lafayette Bar Association.
The Oct. 22 election for the seat, which primarily presides over family cases, will serve Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion parishes.