Editor’s note: The following is a submitted campaign annoucement and not an endorsement from Minden Press-Herald or Specht Newspapers, Inc.
Special to the Press-Herald
Todd Hollenshead, a small businessman, farmer and Louisiana native, has announced his candidacy for the Louisiana Senate District 36 seat representing all of Webster Parish and parts of Bienville, Bossier and Claiborne parishes. The seat is currently occupied by Robert Adley of Benton, who is term-limited. The primary election is Oct. 24.
Hollenshead is concerned about the state’s $700 million annual budget deficit, the rising cost of college tuition, industry leaving the state, and the struggles facing Louisiana-based small businesses. He is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and supports gun rights.
“I believe our state needs new direction. We need leaders who will work hard for Louisiana and not be tied to the lobbyists and out-of-state special interests. I will listen to the concerns of our small-business owners, working families and the middle class and get to work for them.”
“There is nothing like having a grandchild to make a person want to improve their community,” Hollenshead said. “That is one of the main things driving me to seek this Senate seat. So that not only my children, but all of our children, have the same shot at the American Dream that I did.”
Hollenshead also said he would fight for what is best for local schools and retirees.
“It’s time to get our state government back to the basics. To start, we need local control of our schools. Across the board, lobbyists and out-of-state special interests have too much influence in Baton Rouge. I will listen to voters and defend our common values.”
Hollenshead is a senior project manager for Waste Management’s Minden office. In his position, he manages heavy construction projects for clients across the country.
Hollenshead also raises Charolais cattle on his family’s Bossier Parish farm. In 2010 he was named USDA Outstanding Farmer of the Year for Bossier Parish.
Raised in Bossier Parish, he has been married to the former Michelle Perry for 25 years, and they have four children and one grandchild. He and Michelle have been members of the same Benton church for over a quarter of a century.
Hollenshead earned a degree in geology from Louisiana Tech University after working his way through school in the oilfield of Caddo and Webster parish. He is a private pilot and also has been a Bossier Parish Sheriff’s reserve officer for seven years. He and his wife are active in their church youth group, school tutoring programs, Boy Scouts, Court-Appointed Special Advocates, the ACTS retreat, and a local non-profit organization, Pick-it-Forward for Orphans.
For more information please contact James Sonneman at 318-510-1391 or visit the campaign’s website at www.todd4senate.com.
To submit your announcement
Drop off your announcement and photo at 203 Gleason st., Minden or email to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 4. Qualifying for local candidates is with the Webster Parish Clerk of Court Sept. 8 through 10.