Republican Matthew Jewell has announced his candidacy for St. Charles Parish President.
“For ten generations my family has called St. Charles Parish home. This is a strong community with tremendous potential, and I intend to capitalize on it through strong and decisive leadership. My experience and approach are to work closely with local, state, and federal leaders to make sure we are doing everything we can to deliver results for the people. I’m proud to be starting my own family right here where my wife, Cera, and I were born and raised. We are fully committed to doing our part to lift St. Charles Parish to new heights,” said Jewell.
Matt was raised in Luling and graduated from Hahnville High School before completing his undergraduate degree at Nicholls State University. From 2010-2015 Matt served on the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department. Matt had the privilege to serve in the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise for four years and then in the Trump Administration as a legislative advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy.
As District Director for Congressman Steve Scalise, Matt showed his leadership and effectiveness while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Congressional district and by working with parish presidents and other elected leaders on issues ranging from commerce to flood protection. Most importantly he helped constitutes navigate government bureaucracy to receive benefits.
During Matt’s time working at the Department of Energy as a Legislative Affairs Advisor, he worked with Congressional leaders to advance U.S. national security and economic growth through transformative science and technology innovations that promotes affordable and reliable energy through market solutions. Matt also worked with House and Senate leaders to advance American energy which is the cornerstone of our Parish and State economy. Most importantly, Matt worked to guide President Trump’s nominees through the rigorous Senate confirmation process, including Luling native Mark Menezes as Undersecretary of Energy.
There’s no question about the issues at the forefront of the minds of the residents and taxpayers of St. Charles Parish. Among those are some of Matt’s top priorities that would shape his tenure in office, like completing 100-year flood protection and improving drainage in order to protect life and property, advancing infrastructure to spur economic development, and promoting the great benefits this Parish has to offer.
“This parish belongs to the people. We must properly invest in it’s today and tomorrow because we deserve nothing less,” Jewell said.
Matt’s experience covers working at the federal, state, and local levels of government, negotiating with multiple agencies to find solutions. He takes a sober, deliberative approach to decision making, relying on data, listening to both sides, and moving swiftly.
“Our residents and businesses need to have confidence in planning for 10 to 20 years down the road,” Jewell continued, “My vision is to make St. Charles parish a regional leader amongst the river parishes and work aggressively to secure state and federal funding for much needed capital outlay projects, flood protection and infrastructure improvements,” said Jewell.
Election Day is Oct. 12. Early voting runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 5 at the Registrar of Voters Office within the St. Charles Parish Courthouse in Hahnville and the Allen Arterbury Building on River Road in New Sarpy.