Barry Elkins running for Louisiana State Representative in District 64

Barry Elkins running for Louisiana State Representative in District 64
Louisiana Politics
Monday, July 18, 2011 - 6:21pm

Barry Elkins of Greenwell Springs is running for State Representative in House District 64 in the October 22, 2011 primary. This position is an open seat left vacant by Mack “Bodi” White. White has announced he is running for Louisiana State Senate in District 6. House District 64 crosses parish lines and includes parts of Central, Zachary and Watson.

Elkins’ platform will concentrate on economic growth and crime prevention. “I want to ensure the citizens of District 64 have a say in the most important issues that affect them today. Issues such as taxes, education of our children, continued improvements of our roads and highways, and of course, the most important concern on everyone’s minds today is that of jobs and business expansion,” said Elkins. “As the Representative of District 64, I pledge to be accessible and open to the ideas of those who live in my district. I have the time and the experience to confront the challenges that we face today and into the future.”

An attorney for 17 years, Elkins is co-owner of Magnolia Title of Baton Rouge, LLC. Prior to founding Magnolia Title, he served as a Biology teacher in both Webster and St. Tammany Parishes. Elkins also worked 15 years as a medical equipment salesperson for several national medical companies.

Elkins is a member of many associations including the Land Title Association, Livingston Board of Realtors, Central Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Chamber of Commerce, Zachary Chamber of Commerce, and Krewe of Tucumcari. He is also a past board member of the Istrouma Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Family is very important in Elkin’s life. Elkins is married to Angela LeBlanc, co-owner of Magnolia Title and Associate of Crawford Lewis, PLLC. He has four children and two grandchildren. The Elkins attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary.

Due to robust population growth along the I-12 and I-10 corridors, five new House seats were created in the area near District 64. This also meant that many of the existing districts in the area had to shrink in size. District 64 was 20 percent over the population of an “ideal” district and was compacted in both the East Baton Rouge and Livingston portions of the district.

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