Running for Office: Stephen Ortego

Louisiana House District 39

Developer and French language activist Stephen Ortego, of Carencro, is running for office in House District 39.

The district includes Carencro, Scott, Ossun and parts of southern St. Landry Parish. Ortego ran for the same seat in 2007 and narrowly missed the runoff.

Ortego, a Democrat, is vying for the seat vacated by state Rep. Bobby Badon, D-Carencro, who is not seeking reelection.

Ortego is running on a “Louisiana First, Louisiana Forever” platform to emphasize his revitalize the culture, education young people and create more jobs.

He touts himself in the announcement as a “cultural conservative” advocating for French immersion in schools and for creating incentives for industries to create new jobs by fully utilizing Louisiana’s energy and cultural resources.

Ortego is a designer and builder of energy-efficient homes. He is the owner of Ortego Developments, a land-development firm specializing in sustainable architecture in Acadiana. His latest project is Eco Lafayette, an initiative building environmentally friendly homes integrating features of historic Louisiana architecture.

He serves on the board of the World Studies Institute of Louisiana, a group whose mission is to develop an international language academy in Acadiana that serves Louisiana secondary students and creates a network of international virtual classrooms in primary schools across Louisiana.

Ortego has served as a Catholic missionary building homes in Central America. He has also worked on the rebuilding of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans with the Make It Right Foundation.

Ortego was born in Opelousas and he graduated from Carencro High School, prior to earning his master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University.

The election is Oct. 22.