The Bastrop - Morehouse Chamber of Commerce and the Bastrop Daily Enterprise are sponsoring a candidate forum for those running for the office of U. S. Representative 5th Congressional District at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bastrop Municipal Center.
The following candidates have confirmed their attendance:
Henry Herford Jr. (L) of Delhi, Clyde C. Holloway (R) of Forest Hill, James "Jamie" Mayo (D) of Monroe, Vance M. McAllister (R) of Monroe, "Jay" Morris (R) Monroe, Neil Riser (R) of Columbia and Phillip "Blake" Weatherly (R) of Calhoun.
Henry Herford Jr. is a Louisiana native and an educator. He attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in 1979. Herford then received his Louisiana Teaching Certificate. In 1987, he earned a Masters of Education from Mississippi State University. In 2011, he returned to Louisiana Tech to earn a Rural Economic Development Certification; focusing in Rural Economic Development and Grant Writing. He has continued his graduate level studies at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, focusing on subjects such as business, finance, marketing, management, and real estate.
Henry Herford has been an active member in his community. Henry is a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He has been involved in the local democratic process since 1985; holding positions on parish level Republican Executive Committees, state level positions on the Republican State Central Committee and being elected as the Chairman of the 2012 Louisiana Republican State Convention.
Clyde Cecil Holloway is one of five members of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He also served as a conservative Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Alexandria-based 8th congressional district from 1987 to 1993. He won three consecutive elections to the U.S. House from an historically Democratic district, until Louisiana lost the district to population loss/reapportionment in the census.
On April 13, 2009, he won a seat on the Public Service Commission for the Fourth District, in doing so, the Louisiana Public Service Commission became the first statewide Republican majority elected body in Louisiana since Reconstruction. In 2010, Holloway was elected to the seat for a six year term with no opposition in a district which is comprised of over 900,000 constituents. He attended the National Aeronautics School in Kansas City, Kansas, then built a successful nursery business and continues to own the plant and tree nursery in Forest Hill which is one of the oldest and largest nurseries in Forest Hill.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is one of 14 candidates vying for the 5th congressional seat currently held by Rep. Rodney Alexander. Mayo grew up in Mer Rouge before moving to Bastrop with his family. Mayo became interested in athletics in the seventh grade and eventually became a starting quarterback and point guard on the Bastrop High School record setting football and basketball teams.Mayo received a basketball scholarship to ULM. He graduated with a BBA degree.
Upon graduation, Mayo entered the business profession by working with companies like State Farm, Allstate and Chase. Mayo entered the world of politics first becoming a city councilman and ultimately becoming Mayor of the city of Monroe. He has served for the past 12 years.
Mayo has lead efforts to build a new airport terminal, public safety center, a new RiverMarket as well as helping the city to it's best fiscal condition in the city's history.
Vance McAllister is a veteran, family man and self-made businessman. Married for 15 years and the father of 5 children, Vance McAllister is worried about the type of future President Obama and career politicians are leaving for the next generation. that's why he opposes President Obama's policies of bigger government and more spending that lead to higher taxes and more debt for our children and grandchildren.
As a self-made businessman, McAllister knows how government red tape and bureaucracy hurt small businesses and workers. In Congress, he will fight to turn the economy around by repealing ObamaCare, investigating the IRS and stopping the march of big government into our lives.
Jay Morris grew up in Rayville and graduated from LSU and LSU Law School. After graduation he served as a law clerk to a judge in Alexandria. He moved to Monroe and became a partner in the firm of Thompson, Sparks, Dean and Morris.
Morris is a free market conservative and began to start and build businesses. He formed several local companies and took them to pre-eminent positions in providing services to the mortgage servicing and banking industries as well as working to assist local homeowners, property buyers, sellers, investors and developers. Today, as managing partner of Dean Morris, LLP, Lenders Title Corporation, and owner of Morris & Associates-businesses providing services to the banking and mortgage servicing industry and to real estate buyers and sellers in Mississippi and Louisiana- he employs over 200 people in Northeast Louisiana.
Neil Riser represents the taxpayers of District 32 as a member of the Louisiana Senate. The district stretches from Monroe to Alexandria to the Greater Baton Rouge area, encompassing much of central and northeastern Louisiana and a small part of the Florida parishes.
Senator Riser is a conservative, serving as Chairman of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. He is best known as the author of Louisiana's Second Amendment, a constitutional amendment passed by the state's voters in 2012 giving Louisiana citizens the strongest gun rights in America. Neil Riser is steadfastly pro-gun and anti-tax, and has been called the most conservative member of the state legislature.
Riser is 100 percent pro-life, supports traditional marriage, and has fought for parental choice in education. He believes in the free market. He has been honored by the NRA, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Louisiana Family Forum and many other conservative and good government organizations. Senator Riser is a strong defender of the United States Constitution. He is committed to defending the First, Second, Fourth and Tenth Amendments, which are under attack today.
Riser began logging at age 14 and worked in the timber industry until age 23, taking breaks to attend school. He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1984 from Northeast Louisiana University and is president and owner of Riser Funeral Home.
Phillip "Blake" Weatherly of Calhoun is new to the political arena and was and raised on a family farm in the Mississippi River Delta and attended school in Kilbourne. Upon graduation, he joined the Armed Services. After an injury led to an untimely exit, Weatherly's career as a civil engineer enabled him to help the communities that mean so much to him. He currently uses his career to improve community infrastructure through design build style projects while aiding the local communities in competition for state and federal monies. His Christian beliefs are deeply rooted in every aspect and decision that he makes. For this reason, he is pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-limited government.
The candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and will answer two preselected questions. If time allows, questions will be taken from the audience and the public is invited to attend. The forum will be recorded and viewable on the Enterprise's website.