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Adam Holland announces bid for Oak Grove mayor

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Oak Grove has the opportunity to elect its most well-known, youngest and most progressive mayor since the late Donald B. Fiske and Charles Cox held the office, in the April 5, 2014 election as Adam T. Holland has officially announced his candidacy for the office of Mayor of Oak Grove.

"It is after much prayer and consultation with my family and community leaders that I officially announce my intentions to seek the office of mayor for the Town of Oak Grove," Adam Holland said. "I do this not for my own personal gain, but for the good of our entire community and Northeast Louisiana. I see Oak Grove for its potential to grow, prosper and become an example for success that other cities in the state and region look to for their model."

Holland is running his campaign on the platform of Visionary Leadership with Traditional Values.

"In today's society we must build on the successes of our predecessors, yet not be trapped by the mindset that the way of the past is the only way for the future." Holland said. "Once elected our administration will deploy the strategy of ‘Thinking Outside the Box,' using the contacts I have in other communities across the state along with 21st Century Technology we will look to other communities on how they have achieved success and then copy what they have done here in Oak Grove. Gone are the days when you can rely on just knowledge that you possess yourself."

Holland, who is well known across not only Louisiana, but the entire Southern Region of the United States for his accomplishments with the West Carroll Chamber and Fiske Theatre, brings with him a network of friends and associates that is second to none and will be an asset for growth for our community.

"I have known Adam for many years. We both attended and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He and I served on numerous committees and in several service and philanthropical organizations together. During this time, I witnessed an unshakable desire to serve, uncompromised integrity and unmatched ability to bring all people together to achieve a common goal." Mayor Jason Chisolm of Olla, La. said. "He is a man that leads by example. Adam has a deep commitment to the people of the Oak Grove and Northeast Louisiana. This is apparent by the unselfish work he has done promoting Oak Grove and the revival of the Fiske Theatre. These types of projects serve not only as an arts and entertainment venue but also as a community landmark and an economic development driver for the entire region. His practical approach to leadership, organization and his contagious enthusiasm is what sets him apart, and is certainly the keys to his success."

Along with Mayor Chisolm, Holland also has strong relationships with Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe, Lynn Lewis of Delhi, and Ron LeLeux of Sulphur to name a few that will be valuable assets to building a strong base of support for Oak Grove across the state.

"I have known Adam since his time with the Louisiana-Monroe Athletic Department and have always witnessed his work ethic and determination to be beyond reproach." Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said. "I also had several opportunities to work with him while he was the Community Development Vice President of the Monroe Junior Chamber he has always had a strong desire to build partnerships and unity for all people and this style of unifying leadership is what made him successful in Monroe, currently with the West Carroll Chamber and Fiske Theatre; and what will make him an outstanding choice for Mayor for Oak Grove."

Holland not only has contacts, but he is well versed in Oak Grove Town Government and thus experience is NOT an issue in this election; in fact, his knowledge of the city's government is more than likely superior to anyone who may throw their name into the election as he has missed very few City Council meetings since 1990.

"No one who enters this race has a stronger background or knowledge in the affairs of our town," Outgoing Councilman Jim Holland said. "Adam has been with me lock, stock and barrel since I was first elected to the council in 1990, he has attended the vast majority of the City Council meetings since then along with countless conferences that he has attended with me."

Holland is the 32 year-old son of Oak Grove's current longest serving Councilman, Jim Holland, who will not be seeking reelection this spring and Janice Rouse Holland.

"I am aware of the issues that the city currently faces," Holland said. "I pledge to work diligently toward improving our water, strengthening our police protection and enforcing our ordinances to clean up our town, along with striving to revitalize downtown and bring new industry and jobs to Oak Grove."

Holland is a 2006 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Generals Studies with a concentration in Government. Since returning home he has been instrumental in the rebirth of the Fiske Theatre, the founding of the North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival and most recently the very successful Small Business Saturday.

"In order to be a successful leader for the community you must unite the people not divide the people," Holland said. "That strategy of leadership is how we have been successful at the theatre and with the many projects we have accomplished at the chamber over the past eight years. I will be a mayor for all the citizens of Oak Grove. No matter what race, religious affiliation or socioeconomic background our office will treat you with respect, NO idea or concern will be turned away because you, the citizens, are the people we work for, not ourselves."

Holland is also a successful business owner and administrator. He is the President of Holland Entertainment LLC which operates the Fiske Theatre, and he served from 2007-2013 as the Director of Guidance at Prairie View Academy in Bastrop, La. Prior to that he served as Student Assistant Sports Information Director at ULM where he gained vast knowledge in marketing which will be valuable in promoting our city to potential industries, tourists and residents.

He is a member of the Oak Grove First Church of God, West Carroll Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as Director of Special Events; the Oak Grove Lions Club, the Oak Grove Booster Club and is an Alumnus of the Zeta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.

He is a past member of the Monroe Junior Chamber where he served as Community Development Vice President and founder and first president of the ULM Student Booster Club, Indian Spear-It now Maroon Platoon, and served as President of the ULM College Democrats.

"Today I humbly ask your vote and support in the April 5, 2014 election," Holland said. "Over the next four months I will strive to knock on every door in our city and visit with each of you personally. I believe in the future of Oak Grove and what we can become for our entire region. With your vote and support we can start that process of becoming a ‘Visionary City with Traditional Values."

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