Pierre announces re-election bid

by Walter Pierce

Rep. Vincent Pierre

State Rep. Vincent Pierre wants a second term. The north Lafayette lawmaker has announced his re-election bid for the Oct. 24 election. He is completing his first term in the state House of Representatives’ District 44 seat after defeating former incumbent Rep. Rickey Hardy in a bitter 2011 campaign battle.

Pierre cites the full funding of the North Lafayette Redevelopment Authority as one of the reasons he should be re-elected, as well as his battles against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s annual budget cuts.

“It’s been a tough, but productive term. We’ve had a governor who imposed some severe budgets on our state and our people that hurt the delivery of services that the people in my district need and rely on. I’m proud of having joined with other members from our area to fight these cuts. We have not always won, but we have started to turn the tide. I am asking you to allow me to go back to Baton Rouge to continue that work.”

A Lafayette native, Pierre is a graduate of Holy Rosary Institute and Southern University. He has served as chairman of the Acadiana Legislative Delegation and currently serves as parliamentarian with the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.