Charlie Melancon brings his senatorial campaign to Cenla

By Sherri L. Jackson

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

And the economy are at the forefront of U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon’s mind these days because these are the issues that are on the minds of his constituents and just about everybody he talks to about the state of the union.

“Louisiana has been hit hard by this recession, and the partisanship in Washington is only making things worse,” Melancon said in a prepared statement. “I’m running for Senate because Louisiana deserves better. . . ”

Melancon, a Democrat who represents Louisiana’s  3rd District in the U.S.  House of Representatives, brought his message to Central Louisiana Thursday. He hosted a free “Jambalaya and Jobs” event at the Bolton Avenue Community Center.

“I’m a small businessman and fiscal conservative. We need to get spending and the deficit under control and create more economic opportunity for Louisiana by cutting taxes on small businesses and investing in job training and college opportunity.”

Melancon has represented the 3rd Congressional District since 2005.

Local officials attending Thursday’s event included Leona Venson, president of Rapides Federation of Teachers; Councilman Edward Lavardain III, District 1; Theodore Fountaine, Rapides ParishPolice Jury; Oliver Overton, Rapides Parish Police Juror; Rep. Herbert Dixon, District 26; Janet Dixon, Rapides Parish School Board; and John Allen, Rapides Parish School Board.

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