Charles “Trey” Thomas, a Baton Rouge teacher and businessman, entered the race for the 6th Congressional District.
“Amazing things happen when people come together to find solutions to problems,” Thomas stated in his prepared announcement. “When we understand and take pride in the fact that we are Americans and live in the greatest country on Earth, nothing and no one can stop us from achieving what may seem to be impossible goals.”
Thomas, 34, said he had spent more than 12 years advocating for better education.
“The education of our children should be handled by local school districts with complete buy in from the teachers and parents of that district, not by some bureaucrat in Washington pushing down a heavy handed, one-size-fits-all approach to the states,” Thomas said.
He started his own business, HolSyn Consulting LLC, in Baton Rouge. Thomas also serves as executive director of Family Values Resource Institute.
“One of the ways to get people back to work and strengthen America is to revive the growth and production of small businesses” Thomas said. “Washington needs to get out of the way of legislating entrepreneurship; they continuously weaken small business growth by implementing too much regulation and government red tape that discourages people from starting or expanding their business.”
He participated in the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Minimum Foundation Program 2014-15 Task Force, East Baton Rouge Parish Committee for Educational Excellence and the East Baton Rouge Republican Parish Executive Committee.
Thomas is married with four children and is a member of Jubilee Christian Center Church in Baton Rouge.
The 6th District seat is being vacated after 2014 because Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is running for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.
Thomas will be joined in the race by Baton Rouge tax lawyer and political newcomer Cassie Felder; state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge; and LaPlace real estate broker Richard Dean Lieberman, a Democrat.
Baton Rouge business owner Paul Dietzel II, a Republican who officially kicked off his candidacy last week at a fundraiser featuring Herman Cain, the candidate in the 2012 GOP presidential primaries who know is talk radio host.
First-term East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Ryan Heck, a Republican, also has announced his plans to run, although he has not yet filed his federal paperwork.
Based in south Baton Rouge, the district also includes all or part of East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Lafourche, St Charles, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne and West Baton Rouge parishes.
At the beginning of the month, the secretary of state counted 484,609 registered voters, 74 percent of whom are white.