With Republicans and Democrats holding 19 seats apiece in the 39-seat Louisiana Senate, the Feb. 19 special election to replace Democrat Nick Gautreaux is quickly becoming a race of major significance. At stake is control of the state Senate in advance of redistricting and the all-important legislative session this spring.
And so it was no surprise this week when the Republican candidate in the race, state rep. Jonathan Perry, announced endorsements from a pair of prominent GOP officials in Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain and Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway.
“Jonathan Perry is a proven conservative leader and public servant. He understands small businesses and farms are the heart of our economy and they need freedom from excessive taxes and regulation to create jobs and prosperity for us all,” Strain said. “He has been relentless in his efforts to protect south Louisiana communities. We need people like Jonathan Perry in Baton Rouge.”
“Jonathan is a pro-life family man, a conservative, and he will look out for Louisiana’s families in the Senate as he has in the House,” said Holloway, a former congressman from central Louisiana.
Perry’s opponent, Democrat Nathan Granger of Erath, serves on the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. Granger, who owns an oilfield services company and touts his experience in business, is reportedly lining up public support from a list of Democrat heavyweights, including state party chief Buddy Leach.
“I’ve created a thousand jobs as a small business owner and I want to help create even more jobs as a state Senator,” Granger said.
Senate District 26 is made up of all of Vermilion Parish and portions of Acadia, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes.