Running for office: Ascension Parish School Board _lowres

Mark Peters

Mark Peters said his experience as a volunteer in schools and with community activities has prepared him to serve on the Ascension Parish School Board.

Peters has announced his candidacy for School Board District 3 in the election Nov. 4.

“My long-termed and active community involvements, as well as many years of service within the Ascension Parish school system have prepared me to meet the challenges of serving as a member of the Ascension Parish School Board,” Peters said in a statement.

Peters volunteers three days a week in the parish school system.

He said he’s gained knowledge of students’ and teachers’ needs in the classroom, as well as what resources are still needed “but can be obtained by having a commitment to work together with administration, faculty, parents and students in an effort to make a positive impact on our great community.”

A Donaldsonville native, Peters and his wife, Yolanda, have been married for 23 years and are have one child.

Peters’ nonprofit organization Hope Youth Development provides an opportunity for youth in Ascension Parish to participate in a wide variety of nontraditional sports, including physical fitness, he said.

“I believe that youth can matriculate successfully through any academic institution by not only focusing on their studies, but also furthering their involvement in extracurricular activities,” he said.

Peters also serves as vice president of the Ascension Minority Business Association and secretary of the Ascension Voters League and is a member of several local organizations, such as the ACCESS Community Business Leaders, the state TAP committee and the Recreation Now committee in Ascension Parish.

The School Board’s District 3 includes the parts of Gonzales, Darrow and Geismar areas. District 3 School Board member Richard Brown, who was elected to serve the two years remaining on Ed Price’s term when Price was elected to the Legislature, has said he will not run for re-election.