Democrat Lonnie Watts, of Walker, is running for the House District 95 seat in the Oct. 22 primary election.

A lifelong resident of Livingston Parish, Watts said he is “eager to make a difference” for the residents of the district.

In his first bid for public office, Watts said he hopes to become “a new voice for the people” in the newly-created district.

Watts said his efforts will concentrate “on the continuation of infrastructure improvements along the Interstate 12 corridor and making improvements to major state arteries” throughout the district.

By encouraging new business and community development, Watts said he hopes “to help create new jobs for our people as we continue to make Livingston Parish a great place to live and work.”

Watts said his legislative agenda will “target education and maximizing funding for our great (parish public) school system.”

“Our children will be a top priority,” Watts said.

The 50-year-old Watts is employed with AT&T as an outside plant technician. Prior to his employment with AT&T, he worked out of the Baton Rouge sheet metal union for 20 plus years.

Watts is married to the former Michelle Kennedy from Picayune, Miss. They have two daughters and a grandson.

He is a 1979 graduate of Walker High School.

The newly-created House District 95 is within Livingston Parish. The district covers the north-central and northeast portions of the parish, including the Livingston, Holden and Albany areas.