Seven vying to serve out Lamana’s term on EBR School Board

An attorney, an interior designer and a lobbyist are among seven people vying to serve the last seven months of the term of an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member who died on April 16 from an apparent heart attack.

Before a 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline, the seven submitted their applications to represent District 11.

The board has scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the School Board Office, 1050 S. Foster Drive, to pick which one of these seven will fill Randy Lamana’s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31.

As promised, Raymond Allmon, a managing city director with the parent group Stand For Children, is seeking the District 11 seat he fell 464 votes short of winning when he ran against Lamana in fall 2010.

Allmon faces a diverse set of opponents:

Robert “Bob” Cooper.” Cooper served as director of facilities for the school system from 1991 to 2008. He served in a similar role for a year with the public school system in Beaumont, Texas. From 2009 to 2011, he joined CSRS Architects and managed construction projects for three school systems, including Zachary.

Julie Dupuis: Dupuis has spent the past five years as an interior designer at Bani, Carville & Brown Architects of Baton Rouge, a job that has involved work in several public schools, including Woodlawn Elementary School. She has a son in the Montessori program at Dufrocq Elementary School.

Dewitte Hall: Hall has served since 2009 as co-owner and general manager of In Motion Sales LLC. Before that, she owned a company that rented and leased recreational vehicles. She spent 10 years in law enforcement. She has been active in the Republican Party, serving on party committees at the parish, district and state level.

Terry C. Landry Jr.: Landry is an attorney based in Plaquemine who specializes in collections as well as family and personal injury law. He also works as associate counsel and lobbyist for Acadian Ambulance. A native of Lafayette, Landry earned his bachelor’s degree from LSU and his law degree from Southern University.

Mary Lynch: Lynch has a daughter who graduated at Baton Rouge Magnet High and a son who is an eighth grader at Westdale Middle School. A native of Los Angeles, Lynch works part-time for St. Thomas More Catholic Church, but has also worked periodically as a substitute teacher and librarian in public schools in Baton Rouge. Before coming to Louisiana, she worked as a meteorologist.

George Steimel: Steimel is a registered lobbyist who represents constables, justices of the peace and criminal defense lawyers. He has spent 19 years as a government affairs consultant and also works as a private investigator. He spent eight years as a fundraiser and marketing director for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, or LABI, a business lobbying group led for many years by his father, Edward Steimel. The younger Steimel is a graduate of Broadmoor High School. He said in his letter he does not plan to run for the office this fall.

District 11 includes the northeast corner of the parish but stretches south all the way into the Broadmoor area. It excludes Central, which formed its own school district in 2007.