BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — We continue our series featuring candidates in our local races.
East Baton Rouge Councilor Trae Welch has a term that ended this election cycle.
Two candidates, Republican Brandon Noel challenger Eric Lewis are in a runoff for the District 1 seat.
This includes parts of the Metro area including Central, Baker and Zachary.
Brproud’s Crystal Whitman has more on what Lewis says he plans to do if elected.
Lewis is the owner of a business solutions consulting firm. As a life long resident of the area, he says he is enjoying campaigning with his family.
Eric and his fiancee’, Rebecca have four children, Irene, Nya, Miles, and Johnes.
“Everyone is excited. We just got back to work on Wednesday. It is a continuation of the hardwork that we have been trying to put in through this campaign.
My family has been completely supportive by elping where they can,” says Lewis.
He is also hoping to bring additional revenue to District 1 to deal with issues like roads and infrastructure.
“In District one we have about five bridges that are currently out of commission for repair. So, we are standing in front of the Twin Bridges on Old Baker Blvd.
This connects Zachary and Baker and it has been out for about five years,” says Lewis.
After Lewis’ relocation to Dallas, Texas to begin his career as a product engineer for Texas Instruments and the Raytheon Company, both he, and his family returned to Baton Rouge in 2002.
Outside of work Eric has been active in a number of organizations including The 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce, LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Advisory Board, and the Louisiana Technology Park Board of Directors. He has also been an active member of his church, The Way of Holiness Ministries, Inc. Lewis says these are all organizations that are key to building a better and more viable community.
He is hoping that voters see his vision in building a better district and elect him as the next Metro Council District 1 Representative.
“We want to make sure we are governing. It has been great getting a chance to meet new people and how share our vision with folks….So at the end of the day…
regardless of the results, I know that I will continue to be active and work in the community and push for a better Baton Rouge,” says Lewis.
Noel led with 42 percent of the vote followed by Lewis with 40 percent.