Melvin Abbott is running for the West Baton Rouge Parish Council’s District 3 seat in the Oct. 22 primary election.

A 16-year resident of the parish, Abbott said his involvement in the community would help him be an effective representative for the people if elected to the Parish Council.

Abbott, 51, is the vice president of the Brusly Lions Club and a member of First Baptist Church in Addis.

He is also co-owner of First Aid Lemonaid, a business he said has helped bring him closer to the community while working at high school football games and several community events including the West Baton Rouge Museum’s SugarFest, the parish’s Kite Festival and the Oldies but Goodies Festival.

Abbott, running as an independent candidate, said his desire to serve people has led to his involvement with the Children’s Miracle Network, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program, the American Stroke Association and programs associated with muscular dystrophy.

“I am seeking your support in this election,” Abbott said.

District 3 includes portions of Brusly east of La. 1 and is bordered by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to the north.