POSTED: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:58am
WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Kevin Couhig, Parish President elect for West Feliciana Parish, is getting ready for his new role as the parish's first parish president.
"I'm used to the challenge of doing a job, but defining it at the same time and that's part of what we'll have to do here as parish president in West Feliciana," Couhig said.
Couhig beat out fellow Republican "Tom" McVea for the job.
Couhig said he got into the race because the parish needs help.
"We've been struggling the last couple of years economically in this parish we have a population decline," Couhig said.
Couhig explained one of big issues he wants to tackle is bringing in more business, but keeping the area's small town peaceful feel.
"What we need are new subdivisions new housing. We need new business new industry. I think one of the things that this election signals is the people of West Feliciana want this parish open to new business.," Couhig said.
Last year voters decided to change up how parish government is run. Now the parish go from a parish police jury to a parish council with a parish president. Couhig says he understands to make that switch there may be some growing pains along the way.
"Part of what will make us successful is if we understand the challenge of doing things in a new way and accepting that," Couhig said.
Couhig said he's ready for the challenge.
"With the challenges we have I will work as hard or harder to make this parish successful as I did trying to win this election," Couhig exclaimed.
Couhig said the parish policy jury will switch to the parish council once he takes office.