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May Campaign Thoughts and Highlights from Michael

Published on June 13, 2019

Campaign thoughts and highlights from Michael

What an exciting month May was for us.  After announcing my candidacy for State Representative for District 14 on April 25, we hit the ground running and have not looked back.  I’ve met with literally hundreds of great folks in Morehouse and Ouachita parishes since then and learned about their issues and received wise advice, friendship and support. It was refreshing to hear that the platform I am running on, which includes addressing crime, jobs, and workforce, and bringing home more dollars from Baton Rouge for infrastructure, are top-of-mind for almost everyone I talk to.  I truly love this process.

On June 4, Northeast Louisiana was shocked to learn through the news media that our entire region had been completely omitted from a $700 million dollar road and bridge bill funded by BP oil money.  We are all frustrated, disappointed and even a little humiliated that somehow, our legislative delegation was not able to find a single project for our region and District 14 to add to the list of funded projects.

As your next state representative, I want to tell you we can, and will, do better in Baton Rouge in the future.  Please inspect my record closely.  I have a proven history of understanding our priorities, working and communicating consistently with local, state and federal stakeholders, and bringing innovative solutions to the table to help get major projects accomplished.  What happened on June 4 underscores just how important having new, energetic representation in Baton Rouge truly is.

Lt. Governor Nungesser Talks Tourism During Visit

Ouachita Parish was honored to have Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser visit northeast Louisiana on May 10th.   He is no stranger to our area and never hesitates to share his insights on growth, renovation, and tourism as they related to economic development.  Below is a brief interview with him.  We appreciate his interest in northeast Louisiana.

Kennedy Rice Mill Becomes Key Economic Driver for Region

Agriculture is one of the essential building blocks that defines northeast Louisiana and our Economy.  Their introduction of new products and continued production of existing products are invaluable and play a major role in linking Morehouse Parish to the global economy.  Major players like Kennedy Rice Mill in Mer Rouge and our area farmers deserve our support in Baton Rouge so they may continue with both innovative methods and vital production.

Angus Chemical Defined by Unique Products, Growth, and Creating Area Jobs

I visited Angus Chemical Company in Sterlington on May 29.  Supporting the Chemical and Gas industries in Louisiana is extremely important to me as I work to become the next State Rep in District 14. Angus in Sterlington is the prime example of a leader in industrial efforts to produce unique products which are shipped worldwide I pledge to support efforts to grow new product lines and jobs in this area as well as support fiscal policies that help industry grow in our state.

April/May Meetings with those who make a difference:

April 25:  Campaign kickoff and announcement from Forsythe Park.
April 30: Live Radio interview with Moon Griffon from the ULM campus.
April 30: Jesus the Good Shepherd School Patriot Day with National Guard, First Responders, Acadian Ambulance and Monroe Fire Department.
May 2: National Day of Prayer in Bastrop.
May 4: May Madness on the Square in Bastrop and campaign launch in Morehouse.
May 6: Nurses Week. A big thank you to our local nurses who serve all unselfishly.
May 7: A return with others from NELA to Baton Rouge for Northern Exposure.
May 10: Recognition of Tourism and our Economy in Monroe with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.
May 11: Enjoyed attending the Knights of Columbus Flag Retirement Ceremony with many others in Monroe.
May 12: Celebrated Mother’s Day with my family.
May 16: Informative tour and visit at Kennedy Rice Mill, LLC in Mer Rouge.May 27: Memorial Day visit to New Orleans with my family to tour the awesome National WWII Museum.
May 29: Visited Angus Chemical in Sterlington.

“My agenda in the Legislature will focus on the challenges and opportunities we face in our part of the state, and that will be my priority. I look forward to working closely and collaboratively with our delegation to achieve a better quality of life and further economic development in northeast Louisiana for all.” 

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Michael Echols Campaign, 1800 Riverside Drive, Monroe, LA  71201

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