Businessman Bob Arnold is running for the Louisiana House District 62 representing parts of East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana parishes.

Arnold, a lifelong resident of the district, said he is seeking election “ to serve the people of District 62 and to increase the overall quality of life of all residents within the district.”

“I am keenly aware of the different needs throughout the district. I believe strong economic development is the key to meeting all of those needs. I have the proven experience, ability, and leadership skills necessary to do this job the right way,” Arnold said in a candidacy announcement.

Arnold said he is running on a platform of economic development and fiscal responsibility.

The 52-year-old Republican said he intends to use “the experience, work ethic, and leadership skills” that have helped him succeed in building several regional-based businesses to bring real, immediate, and positive change to the district.

Arnold has worked in private business for more than 30 years. He owns and manages two industrial reliability and inspection-related companies with offices located throughout the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States.

“I have proven year in and year out that I can create good paying jobs, with good benefits, for the people of this district. The formula is simple, applying it is the hard part,” Arnold said.

“If you haven’t made a difference in the private sector, chances are you won’t make a difference in public office either.”

He said he plans to champion making Louisiana “a more business friendly state.”

Arnold said he is a strong advocate for the pro-life agenda, the right to bear arms, limited government, and traditional family values.

Arnold, 52, is a graduate of Zachary High School, and attended Southwest Mississippi Junior College and LSU.

Arnold has been married for over 32 years to Karen Smith of Zachary. They reside in Clinton and attend Feliciana Baptist Church. They are the parents of four sons.