Two newcomers challenging incumbent Jake Groby for Tammany council seat _lowres

Gerrin Narcisse

Two political newcomers have announced that they are running for the District 7 St. Tammany Parish Council seat, challenging incumbent Jake Groby.

Joseph Savarese, owner and president of Dependable Electric Motor Co. in Lacombe, and Gerrin Narcisse, a 27-year-old teacher, both recently announced that they are running for the seat that Groby was elected to in 2011.

The district covers Lacombe and the area east of the Louisiana 1088 corridor, including parts of unincorporated Mandeville and southeast Abita Springs.

Narcisse, a lifelong resident of the district, is married and has 1-year-old son. A graduate of Fontainbleau High School, he has an education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Narcisse says his platform includes open and transparent communication, investing in recreation, increasing public road safety standards and alleviating draining problems. He wants residents to have an active voice in development plans and calls for investment in beautification and recycling.

“As St. Tammany continue to grow, we must preserve the quality of life we all enjoy,’’ he said in his candidacy announcement. “It’s time for St. Tammany Parish, especially District 7, to put residents ahead of political agendas.’’

Savarese points to his experience as a business owner, saying he has first-hand experience with parish agencies and understands the needs and challenges of the business community. He said that he will put his business knowledge, listening skills and visible community presence to work for the district.

Savarese said that he is tired of seeing District 7 pushed aside and wants to ensure that residents get their fair share of parish services and tax dollars.

Qualifying begins Sept. 8 for the Oct. 24 election.

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