V.J. St. Pierre running against Snookie for parish president

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Parish President candidate V.J. St. Pierre
Photo courtesy of V.J. St. Pierre
Parish President candidate V.J. St. Pierre
An honorably discharged disabled veteran, retired business owner and life-long parish resident, Vernon J. St. Pierre says the experiences he learned in war and over the course of his life have taught him to be humble, grateful, and appreciate humanity, characteristics he feels will make him the best candidate for parish president.

"I plan to run for the office of parish president in St. Charles Parish because I believe that I owe everything to the residents in this community - they have helped me and my family survive some pretty difficult times."

St. Pierre says he received an early release from the Vietnam War after being wounded just three months into his military commitment and had to rethink his life’s plan.

"As I stepped off the plane from Vietnam, coming back to St. Charles Parish, after the war with part of my hand missing and one of my legs gone, there were people from my community waiting to greet me and my wife and it’s a feeling I'll never forget and I thought to myself what will I do now," a teary-eyed St. Pierre told the Herald-Guide.

St. Pierre worked with the sheriff’s office, moved up through the ranks where he became a detective and eventually ran for police juror for the parish and won.

A police juror is a government official that handles legislative and administrative duties, but since June 2, 1980 the parish council took affect in St. Charles Parish.

“I worked in the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s office as a radio dispatch operator, records room clerk, and in bonds and fines then eventually I was able to start my own welding and fabrication business,” he continues.

"It's this kind of community love and support that I received that makes the parish strong and keeps it growing for those of us who live here today and I will help to maintain that kind of community strength for future generations."

St. Pierre says if elected, he wants to make improvements to the water and sewage system in the parish and continue the work already in progress to build up the levee system.

"We need an adequate water system in the parish and we need an expansion of our sewerage treatment plants, but it has to be done without raising taxes," St. Pierre says.

"It's been years and the east bank levee is still not complete and I plan to make sure that all of these projects get taken care for the safety and protection of our residents."

St. Pierre wants to help the senior citizens by supporting initiatives that will provide better health insurance coverage for the ones living on a fixed income.

"Our elderly need to have better ways to pay for their medicines and shouldn't have to choose between getting prescriptions filled or paying household bills like water and electricity," St. Pierre says.

St. Pierre would like to see less industrial plants moving into the area and more high tech industry companies.

"We have enough plants in the area and my plan is to bring in computer parts and automobile parts manufacturing facilities," he continues.

"Overall we are one of the best parishes in Louisiana and we have $92,000,000 budget to spend and I plan to take more of a business approach if I'm elected parish president when it comes to spending this money."

St. Pierre is the former owner of St. Pierre Fabrication and Welding Company in Destrehan, a member of the American Legion, St. Charles Parish Rotary Club, and a member of St. Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan.

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