Sarah Holliday, vice president of Region 6 for the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women and president of Capital City Republican Women, is running for the newly drawn District 101 in the state House of Representatives.
Holliday, 48, said she feels there are workable solutions available in the education system that will enhance learning achievements and test scores without creating a hardship for taxpayers.
She would like to see Louisiana schools emphasize academics rather than attitudes and social agendas. She said she supports school choice and teacher pay raises.
Holliday said in a prepared statement that she had taken a leave of absence from both party positions to dedicate her time to her campaign.
Holliday worked 27 years in the criminal justice system law offices, criminal and drug court at 19th Judicial District as well as East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. She counseled adult individuals, groups and youths while employed with the YWCA.
Holliday said she also wants to reduce taxes for working families, demand transparency and accountability, reduce poverty through creating jobs and support small businesses.
She is president of the Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians and membership includes the Junior League of Baton Rouge, Miracle Place Toastmasters, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Park Forest Citizens Association, LSU and SU Alumni associations, League of Women Voters, Center for Women and Government and Family Roads Advisory Council.
Holliday is a 1979 graduate of Glen Oaks High School and holds degrees from LSU and Southern University.
The 101st District was moved to north Baton Rouge from east New Orleans earlier this year to account for the increased population in East Baton Rouge Parish. The 42,800 residents, 69 percent of whom are black, live generally east of Airline Highway to Flannery Road and from Greenwell Street south to Interstate 12. The district includes parts of the Merrydale and Monticello neighborhoods.
The primary election is Oct. 22.
Runoffs, if needed, will be Nov. 19.