Rayne Mayor James J. “Jimbo” Petitjean has announced his candidacy for Acadia Parish assessor.

Petitjean wrote in his announcement that he would draw on his more than two decades of experience in local government and the relationships he has built with other officials in the parish.

“I am excited about the potential that exists right now for bringing about positive changes in the assessor’s office, and I embrace this new opportunity to serve all the citizens of our parish in the same way I have served the citizens of Rayne,” Petitjean said in his announcement.

Petitjean said that he “will incorporate modern technology that will increase the level of transparency that is currently lacking. Quick access to all information is vital to the operation of this office, and we will strive to make this process much easier, more user friendly and always readily available to the public.”

Petitjean has been married for 27 years to the former Lyn Nugent. They have four children.