Sharon Hewitt, who is chairman of a Slidell area recreation district and vice chairman of the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, announced that she is running for state Senate District 1, the seat held by long-time incumbent A.G. Crowe.

The district includes parts of Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes.

Hewitt, who received an engineering degree from LSU, formerly worked for Shell as its deepwater asset manager in the central Gulf of Mexico. She said in her candidate announcement that she left the oil company at the top of her career to devote herself full time to her family.

She and her husband, Stan, have two grown sons.

The Slidell resident has been an active volunteer who has focused on parks and playgrounds and improving literacy. The National PTA gave her a Life Achievement Award, its highest honor, for outstanding service to children.

She also serves on the public policy and education committees for the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

“People are tired of career politicians,’’ Hewitt said in a prepared statement. “As an engineer, I am a problem solver...I will use my skills and abilities to help the people of this district.’’

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