Shocker in Jefferson Parish

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 19, 2015

Contact: Jason Hebert


Shocker in Jefferson Parish

Harahan, LA - In a meeting of more than 80 Republican Party leaders and elected officials, The Jefferson Parish Republican Parish Executive Committee rejected their own sitting Parish President and chose instead to endorse former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser for Lt. Governor. Both men were present at today's meeting and addressed the membership.

"I am completely humbled by the news of today's endorsement. Having fought to rebuild after Katrina and the Oil Spill with so many of the men and women in the room today, I am honored to have their faith and trust that I will be the Lt. Governor that will rebuild Louisiana, grow our economy and create jobs. With a plan to bring 66,000 tourism related jobs to Louisiana and inject half a billion dollars into our economy over the next four years, they sent a message today that I am the best candidate to be a strong voice for our state at time when standing up for the people of Louisiana is more critical than ever," said Nungesser.

Today's endorsement marks the second major endorsement in 3 days for Nungesser, who also received the Louisiana Sheriff's Association endorsement earlier this week. While Plaquemines Parish President, Mr. Nungesser worked to defend his community and to fight to restore the Gulf Coast. He faced five hurricanes and the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill oil spill. Billy’s rebuilding efforts and hard work landed more than 500 federal projects: $2 billion in levee improvement projects, $350 million in federal grants, $1 billion in coastal restoration projects and the first ever Coastal Restoration Master Plan. Nungesser was also appointed to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Planning Commission, and received the Disaster Recovery Contractors Association’s Golden Horizon Award.

Prior to serving in elected office, Billy Nungesser was a successful small businessman whose innovative idea of converting used shipping containers into modular living quarters improved the living conditions of our state’s offshore oil drilling workers and created over 200 local jobs before he sold his business. Nungesser was recognized for his business acumen in 2002, when Louisiana Life Magazine named him one of our states “Top CEOs.”

The Election for Lt. Governor will be held on October 24th with a runoff election on November 21st.