TEA Party Hosts District 12 State Rep Candidates

The North Central Louisiana TEA Party hosted the three candidates for Louisiana House of Representatives District 12 last night at the Ruston Country Club: Jason Bullock, Ruston; Jacob “Jake” Halley, Farmerville; and Rob Shadoin, Ruston. Over a hundred people were on hand to hear the candidates speak.

House district 12 consists of Union Parish and most of Lincoln Parish. The population distribution is roughly equal between the two parishes.

Bullock operates a construction equipment rental business, while Halley is a consultant with an emergency preparedness company, and Shadoin is an attorney.

This is Bullock and Halley’s first run at public office; Shadoin has served twelve years on the Lincoln Parish School Board.

In opening remarks, Bullock touted his experience in operating a small business that has created new jobs for the area.

“Small businesses are truly the economic engines for our state and our national economy,” Bullock said.

Halley said the two parishes need to work together more closely to develop the area as a tourist destination.

“There’s a great asset just to north of here – Lake D’Arbonne,” he said. “We need to utilize that more,” he added.

Shadoin noted his service on the school board, having served as both vice-president and president of the body, and his involvement with the local chamber of commerce.

“All of this had made me appreciate what I consider the job we are seeking to be – that is public service,” Shadoin said.

One of the first questions from the audience involved job creation.

Bullock again cited his business experience and Halley emphasized the tourism angle. Shadoin suggested the legislature could “excise” some laws, instead of creating more law.

Another question dealt with the touchy issue of legislative pay raises.

Perhaps the best answer was from Halley who said “the compensation is the honor of serving.” Shadoin, however, would not rule out accepting a raise, while Bullock said that money was not what motivated him to run.

Our question to the candidates dealt with the five higher education governing boards and their combined budget of $50 million or thereabouts.

Halley said consolidating the boards have both pros and cons, but that he would want to see what effect that would have upon Louisiana Tech and the University of Louisiana at Monroe before committing to a position.

Shadoin said that streamlining could definitely be accomplished, as did Bullock.

“Why do we need all those boards?” asked Bullock.

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One Response to “TEA Party Hosts District 12 State Rep Candidates”

  1. interesting Says:

    I wish someone would hold a candidate’s forum here.

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