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Monroe Mayor Mayo to seek 5th District seat

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo will seek the 5th District U.S. Congress seat left open by Rodney Alexander.

Mayo made his formal announcement Friday afternoon during a news conference at the Clarion Inn.

This comes as attorney Charles Kincade made an official announcement earlier in the day saying he would not run for the office. At the afternoon news conference, Kincaid said he will endorse the mayor for the seat.

Read Mayo's comments from the Friday news conference and his Bio below:

MAYOR JAMIE MAYO
Official Announcement for 5th Congressional District Race
1:30 pm Friday, August 16, 2013
The Clarion Inn & Suites (Monroe, LA)

Today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for the 5th Congressional District of the United States Congress!

Yes, I will be qualifying next week to run for the seat to represent the largest, and one of the poorest, districts in our entire country.  I have reached this decision after a lot of prayer; and, multiple discussions with citizens and leaders throughout the state.  I look forward to appealing to the 480,000 voters in the 24 parishes of the 5th Congressional District

I bring my record of business and local government success to the table.  While serving as Mayor of the City of Monroe.

Examples

  1. Building a state-of-the art Airport Terminal and Public Safety Center.
  2. Establishing a record $14 million dollar budget surplus and A+ Bond Rating.
  3. Achieving and Maintaining a prestigious Class 1 Fire Rating.
  4. Helping build a highly successful Downtown RiverMarket.
  5. Being a strong supporter of local businesses, from corporate giants like CenturyLink (headquartered in Monroe) to small businesses of all types.
  6. Monroe being recognized as a six-time community achievement award winner by the Louisiana Municipal Association (three times for economic development).
  7. Being a strong supporter of the entire NELA region (cities, towns, villages, educational systems, colleges, and more).

FEDERAL FOCUS

*There are a lot of issues that need to be address on the Federal level

*However, my number one job is to represent my all of my constituents, to be their voice, and help create jobs on the local, state and national levels.

*There is always an ongoing debate about partisan politics.  I'm not focused on RED and BLUE. 

I'm FOCUSED ON GREEN! My administration has always been fiscally conservative…and, I believe we can always find more ways to Save and Make Money. 

*We can do that by enhancing  Education, Agriculture, Healthcare and Jobs!

*If elected, I'm not going to Washington to be against everything.  I'm going to help our state and bring Washington to the 5th Congressional District.  To show our Federal leaders why and where positive change is needed.

BIO 

Name:  James E. "Jamie" Mayo
Title: Mayor – City of Monroe, LA
Political Experience:

1995                                                                                 Elected District # 5 Monroe City Councilman

1996 & 2000                           Re-elected District # 5 Monroe City Councilman

June 2001                                Appointed Interim Mayor – City of Monroe, LA

October 2001                                 Elected Mayor – City of Monroe, LA

April 17, 2004                        Re-elected Mayor – City of Monroe, LA

February 9, 2008                    Re-elected Mayor – City of Monroe, LA          

April 21, 2012                        Re-Elected Mayor – City of Monroe, LA

Educational Information:

¨     Graduate of Bastrop High School

¨     Graduate of University of Louisiana at Monroe (NLU) with degree in Business Administration

Personal Information:

¨     Mayor Mayo has over 20 years of business experience working with companies such as State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance and Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

¨     Married to the former Angela Washington.  They have two children – Jared and Ashley, both Graduates of Grambling State University; and, one grandson -- Tyler Williams.

Fiscal Management: 

¨     Under the Mayo administration, the City of Monroe is enjoying its best fiscal position in history.  Despite the national recession, Monroe now has a nearly $14 million dollar fund balance (surplus)

¨     Monroe has had an official fiscal year budget surplus for nine out of the past ten  years (seven consecutive years from FY 2004-2005 thru FY 2010-2011)

Economic Development:

¨     Monroe is a six-time winner of the Louisiana Municipal Association Community Achievement Award.  Three consecutive awards were in the category for Economic Development (2006, 2007, and 2008). 

¨     Recent completed and ongoing local major economic development projects in which the Mayo administration has been instrumentally involved include the following:  Gardner-Denver Thomas (300 jobs); Computer Programs and Systems Inc. Call Center (100 jobs); ACCENT Call Center (500 jobs). 

¨     Monroe is the headquarters for Fortune 500 company CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel), which just completed two multi-billion dollar acquisition to become the 3rd largest telecommunications company in the United States.

Major Local Projects:

¨     Ongoing and recently completed major local projects in which the Mayor administration has been instrumentally involved include the following: New Comprehensive Plan; New Monroe Regional Airport Terminal;  Monroe Fire-Police Public Safety Center; and the Ouachita Port Facility;

Partnerships in Education:

¨     Mayor Mayo believes that education is the key to success for all residents of our city, parish, and region.  Even though his administration has no direct authority over our local school system, he believes that government and education should work together to benefit students at all educational levels. 

¨     For that reason, the Mayor administration has formed many productive "Partnerships in Education", which include the following:  Creation of the Entergy-City of Monroe Community Service Scholarship—YTD 97 scholarships valued at a total of $47,000 have been awarded to deserving graduating high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom and in the field of community service. 

¨     The City's Community Development division coordinates after-school tutoring and GED programs in local community centers. 

¨     The City also sponsors multiple summer job/intern programs for high school and college students.

Notable Awards and Recognitions

¨     National Conference of Black Mayor's Valiant Award for outstanding service in the aftermath of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita

¨     Who's Who Among Business Leaders

¨     Rupert F. Richardson Legacy Award

¨     Louisiana Chapter of American Planning Association Award for Distinguished Leadership

¨     Louisiana Transit "Extra Mile" Award for leadership in Public Transportation

¨     Louisiana Head Start Association Award of Excellence

¨     Martin Luther King Trailblazer Award from the Ouachita Parish Martin Luther King Foundation

¨     City of Monroe-Monroe Metro Region Top Rankings

  • Top 10 for Economic Development among metro areas with populations of 200,000 or less (Site Selection Magazine:  2010
  • Top 51 Best Old House Neighborhoods—Monroe's Garden District (This Old House Magazine: 2010)
  • 3rd best market in the nation for maintaining housing prices (Kiplinger's Personal Finance: 2009)
  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions for Ouachita Parish—Monroe's Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo and Masur Museum of Art listed among top sites. (Delta Business Magazine:  2010)

Personal Affiliations:

¨     Member of New Light Baptist Church, Rev. James B. Johnson, Pastor

¨     Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Rayville Alumni Chapter)

¨     Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Composite #120

¨     Sons of the American Legion

¨     Monroe Rotary Club

Current and Past Board Affiliations:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Board; Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge; The Salvation Army; The Ouachita Enterprise Corporation; Ouachita Council of Governments; Chairman of the Board for The Opportunities Industrialization Center; Advisory Board for ULM College of Business; Letterman Club Board of ULM; Monroe-West Monroe Public Trust Financing Authority; Bancorp South Advisory Council; President's Advisory Board for LAMP, Inc.; Past President of the Louisiana Chapter National Conference of Black Mayors; Past President for the Louisiana Conference of Mayors; Board of Directors for the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc.; Advisory Board for Master of Public Administration Program of Grambling State University; Louisiana Retirement Development Commission; Louisiana Uniform Construction Code Council.

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