Terry Lewis Sr. announces bid for St. John Parish president

Published 12:02 am Saturday, August 8, 2015

LAPLACE — The Rev. Terry Lewis Sr. announced he is running for St. John The Baptist Parish president.

Terry Lewis Sr.

Terry Lewis Sr.

“I have been married to my lovely wife for 35 solid years,” he said. “We have four children and four grandchildren. We reside in Grayville and have lived in St. John Parish for more than 25 years.”

Lewis said there are many challenges facing the parish faces. As president, he said it would be in everyone’s best interest to develop a strong economic base for the East and West Banks.

“While working in conjunction with the Parish Council, I would put into action a sensible and affordable means of acquiring our drinking water from somewhere other than the outdated, antiquated wells in Ruddock,” Lewis said. “I would act swiftly in putting into place a viable levee to hold back the storm surges from Lake Pont-chartrain to protect our citizens and their property in this parish, as Jefferson and St. Charles has already done. I look forward in working closely with the Parish Council to get the things each Council member needs for his or her district.”

Lewis said he would seek grants and bonds to enhance parish infrastructure.

“I would ask the Council to work with me in acquiring a cancer center comparable to MD Cancer Anderson in Houston, Texas,” Lewis said. “I would work in conjunction with the school superintendent, Board members and private and parochial schools in facilitating a strong educational base.”

Lewis said he would work with the Council members’ and residents’ blessings to bring an abundance of professional jobs to our parish so children don’t leave after attending college.

“With my administrative and tough negotiating skills, I hope to move the parish government forward,” he said. “My educational background stems from two years of study at Louisiana State University in Pre-Law, a BA Degree from Southern University, a Master’s Degree in Theology from Christian Bible College and a Doctorate of Theology from A P Clay Bible College. I’m also certified in fire training from LSU.”

Lewis said he worked at American Cyanamid Chemical plant for ten years and served on the union negotiating team and also worked ten years at Union Carbide Plant. He presently serves as pastor of Providence Baptist Church of River Ridge, a position he had held for 22 years.