A press release issued Thursday morning announced a group of elected officials, nonprofit leaders and business supporters endorse Michael Echols for City Council District 1.
The release on Echols’ campaign letterhead states, “Throughout the campaign, hundreds of individuals, community nonprofit leaders and business people have said clearly: ‘it’s time for a change in the future of our City. We need to elect bright new business people with a track record of success.’ Several of the business and community leaders to express their endorsement are: Scotty Robinson, Police Jury President; Jack Clampit, Police Juror; Kay Kellogg Katz, former Louisiana State Representative and Monroe City Councilwoman; Sue Sartor, arts and community service leader; Dr. Gary Jones, CEO, Vantage Health Plan; Ronnie Myrick, chairman of the board, Origin Bank; Armand Breard, retired business owner; Mike Ackel, business owner; Dr. Matt Sanderson, business owner/developer; Mark Neal, business owner; Louis “Tripper” Lowentritt, business owner; Paul Coburn, business owner; Vickie Krutzer, community service leader; Brandon Harrell, business owner; and Georgiann Potts, community leader and business owner.”
The following statements were made by four of the supporters:
Clampit, “The river may divide us geographically but it actually doesn’t financially. When Monroe grows we all win. Michael has the tools to get Monroe moving. He’s not part of the problem he’s the solution.”
Lowentritt, “If we continue to elect the same leaders, we will get the same thing we’ve already had. It truly is time for a change in Monroe. Michael is the man to bring our city that positive change we so desperately need.”
Katz, “After serving many years of public service, you understand what is needed to move our region forward. Michael Echols is the person for this job. We need his energy, ideas and positive nature to improve Monroe.”
Jones, “Michael has worked to grow Vantage and Affinity Health Group from 300 to nearly 1,000 jobs locally in the last 5 years. He has helped make an impact in the quality of healthcare delivered to our region. We need more people with his energy and ideas to improve our region.”
Echols stated, “I’m honored to be supported by such a wonderful group of individuals who have contributed to our campaign with their hard work and financial resources. We must focus on new ideas and a fresh approach to take our community into the future, while we continue to diversify our economy, improve our downtown, work to eliminate criminal activity and improve the quality of life.”