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Long-standing councilman to not seek reelection in Oak Grove

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OAK GROVE (KNOE 8 News) - Oak Grove's current longest serving City Councilman, Jim Holland, has officially announced he will not seek a sixth term on the city council, for the Town of Oak Grove in the April 5, 2014 election. At the end of this term Holland will have completed five terms in office, four consecutive.

"My family and I have decided to avoid the perception of conflict of interest with my son, Adam T. Holland's, impending candidacy for the office of Mayor that I will not seek a sixth term on the City Council for the Town of Oak Grove." Councilman Jim Holland said.

Adam T. Holland has not officially announced his candidacy at this time.

Jim Holland was first elected to the City Council in 1990 during the administration of the late James H. Dumas and has served 16 consecutive years on the Council since 1998 serving under Dumas, Chip Gunter and the current Mayor Lavelle Brown.

"It has a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Oak Grove in this position," Holland said. "It has always been my goal to serve with integrity with the best interest of every citizen no matter what age, race or socio-economic status they may be, in my heart."

Holland has been a progressive force on the City Council playing major roles in the complete overlay of the city streets, revitalization of the city park, lighting on Main Street and many more projects during his tenure. He has also served 23 years on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Community Development Authority.

"Being a public servant has always been a part of who I am," Holland said. "That spirit and pride of putting our community first is the legacy I have strived to pass on to my son since he was in grade school and can be seen in the many activities he has spear headed since moving back to Oak Grove after graduating college in 2006 with his involvement in the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce."

Holland is married to the former Janice Rouse, originally from Kilbourne, La. with one son Adam T. Holland of Oak Grove.

Besides serving on the City Council Holland has continued the community involvement he was noted for before being elected on to the council by being involved in many of the projects Adam has been a part of with the West Carroll Chamber, most notable the Fiske Theatre's rebirth and the North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival.

"We have something very special here in Oak Grove that has the potential to grow and blossom with visionary leadership." Holland said. "It is now time for us to step back and pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, with new ideas and vision just as the past generation did when I was elected to the council at the age of 31 in 1990. We have done much good as a team since then, but new ideas and new leadership is how we move forward and not stagnate."

When Holland was first elected to the City Council in 1990 he was the city's youngest person to hold that office at the age of 31.

"Though he has not officially announced his candidacy for Mayor, I take this opportunity to be the first to humbly ask for your support for Adam as he seeks this position." Holland said. "He has given his life to community service for our town and the accomplishments that he has already achieved since coming home from college have begun to breathe a breath of fresh air to our town that can multiply not only throughout downtown, but every neighborhood and community within the City Limits. It's time we once again think ‘Outside the Box.'"

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