Democrat Ronald Rodgers, of Baker, said he plans to seek the Louisiana House District 63 seat.

Rodgers said in a prepared statement that he wants to offer innovative ideas to help Zachary, Baker and Brownsfield grow.

He said he thinks education is the catalyst for stimulating economic development.

He is working with the Education Issue Council on a strategic plan to help improve the East Baton Rouge Parish school system in regard to graduation rates and improved standardized test scores.

Rodgers is seeking the seat held by state Rep. Dalton Honoré, D-Baton Rouge. District 63 had to give up a few precincts south of Hooper Road during redistricting earlier this year, but still generally covers neighborhoods north of Airline Highway to Mount Pleasant Road in Zachary.

Rodgers received a bachelor of science degree in business management and a masters of business administration from University of Phoenix, and a masters degree in public administration from LSU.

He lives in Baker, and works as corporate education liaison for the University of Phoenix.

He is married and has a three-year-old son. Rodgers is the son of a Pentecostal pastor who retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Rodgers is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and works with Volunteers In Public Schools. He was selected as a 2011 New Leaders Council Institute Fellow.

Rodgers said he would lead an aggressive economic agenda that promotes current industries and inspires entrepreneurship.

Rodgers said that as state representative he would work to build, secure, and strengthen ties between local communities and schools.

Rodgers said he would fight to make sure Southern University has the tools to fulfill its mission and become more of a partner in the local business community.