Iberia Parish School Board member Raymond “Shoe-Do” Lewis, who is running for state House District 96, says his candidacy differs from his opponents’ because he has been elected to and served in two different forms of government.

Lewis, 48, of New Iberia, is serving his first term on the School Board. He previously served several terms on the New Iberia City Council.

“This is a testament to my ability to represent ordinary people,” Lewis said in his campaign statement.

Lewis, a Democrat, said his three priorities are education, creating jobs and affordable health care.

He said he will work toward providing education that “will help prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The candidate says he also wants to ensure that health-care coverage for the elderly, youth and working-class people will be protected.

The newly created minority seat covers parts of Lafayette, Iberia and St. Martin parishes.

Lewis says all elected officials should have their bags packed and be ready to go to “sell this newly created minority district where jobs will be formed.”

“I wholeheartedly believe in networking,” Lewis said. “Together we stand or divided we fall.”

Lewis is running against Terry Landry, D-Lafayette; Eric Martin, independent, St. Martinville; Nary Smith Sr., D-St. Martinville; Vincent Alexander, independent, Breaux Bridge; and Richard Potier, D-Breaux Bridge.