TUNICA — Representing the Angola, Tunica and Lake Rosemound areas, West Feliciana Parish Police Juror Billy Shoemake is seeking re-election from District 4 in the Oct. 22 primary election.

“It is my honor and privilege serving the residents of District 4,” said Shoemake, 69, a Democrat. “There should be no doubt about my commitment.

“My experience and understanding of the complex issues we are facing makes me now, more than ever, more than qualified to face tomorrow’s challenges,” Shoemake said.

A graduate of George West High School in George West, Texas, Shoemake attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, and worked offshore with Mobil Oil Co. and later worked for and retired from Tembec Corp.

He is married to the former Anne Wilkinson, and the couple has three sons and seven grandchildren. He is a member of Tunica Methodist Church.

Shoemake said he has been instrumental in planning and implementing many of the parish’s forward-looking projects, including the parish sports park, livestock barn, the Audubon bridge, parish health unit, street-side garbage collection in rural areas, the jury’s governmental building and courthouse annex.

He said the new “toolkit” for property development will require knowledge of the parish’s zoning, tourism, parks and recreation and economic development. Shoemake said he has been involved in its creation and understands the parish’s needs in implementing the development plan.

“My vision for our parish is one of optimism and growth; while maintaining a commitment to preserve the historical and natural beauty of the parish, we have to think of ways to progress into the 22nd century,” he said.