Eight candidates race to win one of four seats open on the Iberville School Board in Saturday’s runoff election _lowres

Brian Willis

Brian Willis, a lifelong resident of Iberville Parish and outspoken member of the Iberville Parish School Board, has announced he’s seeking the at-large seat on the revamped School Board during the fall 2014 elections.

Willis, 53, has served as the representative for District J for the past 20 years on the School Board and for the past decade has worked as the solid waste director for the parish.

As the at-large representative,Willis is promising to lead the parish’s School Board through its transition from being a 15-member governing body down to a nine-member board.

The board’s reduction was forced by a 2010 law that was presented to the Legislature for approval by former state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Grosse Tete.

“I am committed to the service that will now be needed districtwide,” Willis, a Democrat, said in a prepared statement. “I have work experience that has awarded me the opportunity to learn the parish’s educational desires and needs, and I am ready to serve the people of the entire school district.”

Willis, who is married and the father of three children, touts himself as an active member of the School Board who has supported several key ventures that have improved the school system.

Those efforts included coordinating efforts to partner with the Westside Vo-Tech and Baton Rouge Community College to implement a technical education program for Iberville Parish students, developing a state-of-the-art welding facility designed to train parish residents and rallying behind the at-risk after-school meals program for students in extracurricular activities.

Additional information about Willis and his platform are available at his website, www.electbrianwillis.com.