Campaign #175 is for Muriel Laws in Louisiana
We’ve been asked to help another True-Blue Democrat in Louisiana. Instead of state legislature, though, this candidate with 30 years of public service is running for a seat on her Parish Council.
About the Council
The Livingston Parish Council is the legislative body with the power to enact all ordinances and resolutions. Livingston Parish Council members are elected from nine districts. Muriel Laws is only one of two women running for any of the spots and the only Democrat for any of the districts.
Why is Louisiana the only state to have parishes and not counties?
- Louisiana was officially Roman Catholic under both France and Spain’s rule. The boundaries dividing the territories generally coincided with church parishes. In 1807, the territorial legislature officially adopted the ecclesiastical term.
Muriel Laws, who is retired from policy work in the Environmental Protection Agency, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., is running in Livingston Parish for District 6. She is ready to bring action to a Parish Council that has been inactive and ineffective. The constituents of Livingston Parish suffer needlessly from increased flooding, road drainage issues, hazardous potholes, and lack of zoning planning or enforcement.
Democrats are not represented at all on the Livingston Parish Council. Muriel is the first ever African American to ever run for Parish Council. Currently there are no women serving on the Council. Nor are there any Council members of color serving.
In Muriel’s own words
“I consider myself to be a cross party, barrier-breaking candidate. Having grown up as the middle child of 14 siblings, I learned early that one’s voice is one’s power. Throughout my life, I’ve made sure my voice is heard. In 1994, I began my Federal career, where I devoted 30 years to public service with the Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the course of my career, I managed millions of dollars in environmental contracts and grants, as well as $52 million dollars of Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Block Grant funds to State, and local government departments. I was entrusted with the responsibility to serve as Special Projects lead for the $58 million initiative directed towards the Recovery of the Criminal Justice Infrastructure damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Recently, I’ve focused more of my attention on activism, fighting for causes within my community that make a difference. I have put my determination into fixing roads, resolving drainage problems, and restoring recycling services in our district by securing 500 signatures to support the initiative. Going door-to-door gave me the chance to speak with residents across their kitchen tables, learning about their priorities, their daily struggles, and the improvements they wish to see in their communities.”
This is how she got the idea to run. She’s got the experience to get problems solved in organizations with the thickest red tape. She can surely get the job done in a Parish Council, right?
Here is a link to a video of Muriel speaking about recycling. There’s also a brief appearance by Robin Parrott, another “Postcards to Voters” supported candidate. Click here:: https://www.wafb.com/…/livingston-residents-say-parish-is-…/
And here’s a video of Muriel announcing her political launch: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2390673870984639&id=135484619836920
When you get to know as many candidates as I have, it really is a treat to speak with someone like Muriel. I am confident her presence on the Livingston Parish Council will bring about many changes for good. Let’s remind her Democratic voters that she’s ready to fight for them.
Write on! ~Tony The Democrat
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