Jake Groby is running for a second term as the District 7 representative on the St. Tammany Parish Council, and the District 4 seat that has no incumbent running drew its first declared candidate, Michael Lorino Jr.
Qualifying for the Oct. 24 election doesn’t begin until Sept. 8, but candidates are beginning to line up.
Groby, whose district includes Lacombe, the eastern edge of Mandeville and the southern part of Abita Springs, is a superintendent in the St. Bernard Parish water department. He ran for elected office for the first time four years ago, after cofounding Concerned Citizens of Lacombe, a group that fought plans to locate a waste transfer station at Interstate 12 and Louisiana 434.
Groby has been an outspoken against fracking in the parish during his first term in office.
Lorino is running for the District 4 seat, which covers southwestern St. Tammany including parts of Mandeville and Madisonville. Reid Falconer, the incumbent, is not seeking re-election. He has announced his candidacy for Louisiana’s 89th District, a seat left open because Rep. Tim Burns is term-limited out.
Lorino, a river pilot who is president of the Associated Branch Pilots, announced his candidacy this week. A native of Chalmette, he has lived in Madisonville since 1998. He serves on the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission, the board that oversees the Causeway.
“I want to give more of myself to the community, to the place I call home,’ Lorino said, citing his experience as president of the Bar Pilots, which he said requires working with businesses and elected officials on local, national and international issues.
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