Baton Rouge, La. – SOUTHPAC, a political action committee of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), today announced the endorsement of Polly Thomas (R-Metairie).
“Since its formation more than 25 years ago, SOUTHPAC has helped to elect state and local candidates who support job growth policies and economic development in Louisiana, “ Steve Stumpf, chair of SOUTHPAC, said. “Polly Thomas has proven herself as a leader during her time of public service on the Jefferson Parish School Board.”
SOUTHPAC members interviewed Polly Thomas for the race being held on November 8, 2016. After careful consideration, the board decided to endorse Thomas as a recruited candidate in her bid for House District 80. House District 80 is being vacated by Joe Lopinto who retired early to take a position with the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s office. The district covers Metairie in Jefferson Parish.
As a school board member, Thomas helped to usher in the state’s first charter school and demanded accountability in the classroom. She focused on workforce issues by devising a school-to-career program and always put the children first in her decision making.
Thomas graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and attended Texas A & M. She earned both a Master’s and PhD in Educational Psychology. She served as an Assistant Superintendent in the state’s Department of Education. Her background speaks volumes to her dedication to education and belief that every child has the ability to be successful.
“I want to restore trust and confidence in our government. My history and hopes will help me strengthen our state as I offer common sense legislation. I will work diligently for the constituents in my district and the state of Louisiana to strengthen education, protect our coastline and secure higher paying jobs to keep our children working here at home, ” said Thomas.
“We encourage the citizens of HD 80 to rally around Polly Thomas and support her election bid, “ said SOUTHPAC executive director Brian Landry. “This fall election is critical and we must continue to support pro-growth, pro-jobs leaders like Polly Thomas.”