GONZALES — The election for Ascension Parish president is 16 months away, but the first candidate is already out of the gate.
Ascension Parish businessman Clint Cointment has set up a campaign website and issued a news release outlining his positions.
The election isn’t until Oct. 24, 2015, the same date as the gubernatorial primary. In fact, qualifying for candidates isn’t until September 2015.
Two-term Parish Councilman Chris Loar is widely known to be considering a run but has not announced his intentions. Parish President Tommy Martinez has said he is not running for another term.
Cointment, 40, a Gonzales-area Republican who owns a surveying business in the parish, promises to bring “fresh ideas and positive solutions” to parish government.
In a campaign statement and on his website, Cointment said that, if elected, he would promote responsible growth and infrastructure improvements, would ask voters to put term limits on the post of parish president and pledge not to increase the number of employees in parish government.
Cointment also said he would use existing revenues to improve road intersections, continue to build a regional sewer system with dedicated funds, identify and fix drainage choke points and seek to establish a policy with the Parish Council not to put new taxes on the ballot without greater public input.
Cointment also proposes to develop a transportation plan with the state Department of Transportation and Development based on projected growth and promises to improve the lines of communication with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for drainage projects.
He said he would continue to implement the parish’s drainage master plan but wants to do cost analyses for future projects.
Cointment said he would also clarify parish development ordinances and streamline the permitting process to make it more efficient.
He also promised to improve the transparency of parish government and give an accurate accounting of where money is spent.
Cointment, a licensed surveyor, graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in general studies and continued his education at Nicholls State University.
Cointment and his wife, Stacy, have three children. He is an avid hunter and enjoys being outdoors.
His campaign website is clintcointment.com.