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Julien running for St. John parish president in fall

LAPLACE — Charles Julien, former St. John the Baptist Parish Council member, has announced his candidacy for parish president.

Charles Julien

Charles Julien

The election is set Oct. 24, with the three-day qualifying period starting Sept. 8.

A Reserve resident, Julien said his goal is to put “St. John first” and to build economic stability with jobs and training.

He said he intends to run a campaign that focuses on strengthening relationships with local businesses to help strengthen St. John’s tax base.

Julien was elected as the Council’s third District representative in 2008.

He said he supported spending millions of dollars for infrastructure, grant and bond projects, adding he was a strong proponent of encouraging local vendors to seek and gain employment from the parish.

He said his firsthand knowledge and understanding of parish government, coupled with his experience, provides him with a “vision” of how the residents of St. John the Baptist Parish should be included in the “governmental process” on a local level.

Julien is a graduate of Southern University and has been a teacher for 18 years.

He and his wife, Latoya, have five children.