The Courier (HoumaToday.com)
“Longtime state House District 51 and 53 incumbents will square off with the two leading contenders in the Nov. 21 runoff election.
Eight-year District 51 representative Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, will fight to secure his third and final term against Terrebonne Parish District 4 Councilwoman and local businesswoman Beryl Amedee, R-Gray.
Amedee led the Oct. 24 ballot with 41 percent of the vote, or 3,391 votes, and Harrison garnered 37 percent, or 3,070 votes.
“In July, when I first started campaigning, my name was still unknown,” she said. “I was very excited to find out that I was leading. I credit it to being present in each of the communities in the districts and making people aware that they have an option.”
Throughout her campaign, Amedee has advocated tax reform for local businesses, supported coastal restoration efforts, such as ongoing freshwater diversion projects, and disapproved of Common Core.
Leading up to the runoff, Amedee said she plans to extend her outreach to certain neighborhoods and communities that she was unable to cover during the primaries.
Her campaign is also attempting to rectify allegations made by organizations supporting Harrison that have questioned her educational background, the source of her campaign donations and her commitment to eradicating Common Core, she added.
“We will respond to some of the confusion caused by those claims by putting out the correct information,” Amedee said.
Harrison could not be reached for comment Tuesday despite multiple calls.
Throughout his campaign, Harrison has maintained that his experience in finance and public service will help him resolve the state’s budget issues, including holding special legislative sessions focused on the budget and redirecting gaming money toward education. Harrison said he will also prioritize investing in higher education and technical education for residents.
District 51 spans Terrebonne, Assumption and Lafourche parishes. It includes Bayou Black, Donner, Dulac, Schriever, Labadieville, Bayou L’Ourse and the area southwest of Thibodaux.
Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 7 through Nov. 14 at the Registrar of Voters’ Office in the Government Tower, Suite 101, 8026 Main St., using the Gabasse Street entrance.
By Maki Somosot
Staff Writer, The Courier (HoumaToday.com)
Original Headline: Pair of state House incumbents trail challengers into runoff
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The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) awarded LA Senate District 51 candidate Beryl Amedee an AQ rating. An “AQ” is reserved for a pro-gun candidate whose rating is based on pro-gun responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and is the highest rating a candidate can receive without a previous voting record on Second Amendment issues.
“As a longtime supporter of second amendment rights, I’m honored to receive this rating from the NRA,” said Amedee. “The Second Amendment protections we enjoy as Americans are extremely important to me and to Louisianians. I will always stand up to defend our right to bear arms.”
Tara Reilly Mica, NRA State Liaison, said, “On behalf of our members in Louisiana House District 51, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is proud to announce Beryl Amedee’s AQ Rating for the October primary.”
A Trusted Leader
- Lifelong Resident of Terrebonne Parish
- Small Business Owner
- Terrebonne Parish Council Member District 4
- Former Chairman of the Terrebonne Parish Council
- Fomer Zoning & Planning Commission Member
- Active in Ministry at Vision Christian Center
- Married to John Amedee 32 years; 3 sons and 6 grandchildren
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 1:20 pm
Councilwoman Amedee seeking state legislative seat By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer The Times
A Terrebonne Parish councilwoman seeking the state legislative seat of a Napoleonville incumbent says her knowledge of local issues and adherence to what are generally recognized as conservative values and beliefs make her the best choice for the job.
Beryl Amedee, citing a 30-year record of public service, has formally announced her plans to unseat Rep. Joe Harrison for the District 51 seat. In the parish council, she represents District Four, which includes much of Schriever, Bayou Blue and Coteau.
The state representative seat she now seeks, District 51, stretches from Labadieville to Theriot and from Bayou Blue to Morgan City. It includes portions of Thibodaux, Schriever, Gray and Houma.
“The hardworking taxpayers of District 51 deserve a hardworking representative who is in tune with their concerns and dedicated to getting things done,” Amadee said in her campaign announcement, which boasts her candidacy as pro-life, pro-family and pro-business.
A small business owner, her company is called Forerunner, an errand and concierge service that specializes in personal assistance and lifestyle management.
Her support of the right to bear arms is also mentioned, as well as her belief that “parents have the God-given authority and responsibility to provide for their children and to make decisions concerning their upbringing, medical care and education without government interference.”
Although she recognizes that running against an incumbent can be a difficult task, Amedee expressed confidence in her candidacy. A proven history of working well with others and being a force for consensus, she maintains, make her an attractive, non-contentious alternative for voters.
Amedee has been an outspoken proponent of development in Terrebonne and expansion of transportation infrastructure.
“Businesses create real wealth. Government consumes it,” Amedee said when announcing her campaign. “We cannot spend our way out of a declining economy. We are taxed enough already. Tax reform is needed so that we can simplify our current tax structure and create fairness. The taxpayers’ sweat and sacrifice are represented in those dollars and the government owes taxpayers the respect to spend resources wisely.”
In addition to her civic involvement, Amedee is active in ministry at Vision Christian Center in Bourg. She and her husband John have been married for 32 years and raised three sons. They are now expecting a sixth grandchild.
As a member of the council, Amedee said she has done whatever is possible to keep Terrebonne safe from the ravages of nature, and that as a representative in Baton Rouge land loss will continue to be a primary concern.
“We must remain focused on building levees to protect our people from the imminent threat of storm surge,” Amedee said. “We also must continue to implement sensible freshwater diversion projects to restore life to the marshlands. Coastal restoration and proper drainage are critical to protect the lives and properties of the citizens of District 51.”
Public service remains a good and noble calling. As your state representative, I will work to build our district’s reputation as a family-friendly community where people want to stay to raise their children and retire. It is the legislature’s job to devise and implement strategies that allow residents to, not just survive, but thrive here for generations to come.
Being a coastal district, water is one of our greatest assets. It is also our biggest threat. In my work as parish councilwoman, we have launched many flood protection, coastal restoration, and drainage projects with more to come. As your legislator, I will secure funding for smart solutions to flooding and erosion and decrease red tape, including redundant studies, so that projects move forward quickly.
We need reliable sources of income for our people to live well. We must create a business environment that makes it advantageous for established businesses to remain and for new businesses to locate here. I will propose and support economic policies that offer incentives instead of penalties, permitting processes that are not over-burdensome, and education plans that ensure our students graduate into the work force already possessing the skills required by local industries.
As a wife, mother, and an education leader representing schools across Louisiana, I have, on many occasions, taken constituents’ problems to Washington, DC and Baton Rouge to convince legislators on important life, freedom, family and education issues. As councilwoman, I returned to Washington, DC to assist our Louisiana Congressional Delegation in rallying support from other members of Congress for matters important to Louisiana including FEMA reform, NFIP mapping, and environmental and air quality regulations. I stand ready to do so again, as needed.
I would consider it an honor to serve as a member of the House in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of the good people of Louisiana.
I am Beryl Amedee and I am asking for your support to elect me to represent the citizens of District 51 of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Thank you for your interest and support!