Charles H. Owens III has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, District 1 in Grambling .Owens, who has served as vice president of the jury, said his leadership positions on the jury and on key issues have helped his community and the parish.
“My 23 years of experience on the jury has meant progress for District 1 through higher levels of service from parish government for the Grambling area and regular street improvements,” said Owens, who chairs the powerful Public Works Committee, which has an annual budget of more than $6 million. Owens is the senior member of the jury.
Owens said his experience is the most important asset that District 1 has. “Some elected officials come into office with substantial financial backing which can be a form of influence,” he said. “My years of experience and knowledge of the system are the best influence that I can bring to the table for this district. My experience is the best tool we have to compete in this political arena. We don’t have the time nor the resources to train someone to step right in and be effective immediately. Our needs are too great.
“I have worked very hard to improve communication among officials from the City of Grambling, Grambling State University, the parish, the state and nationally,” he said. “I know the people; I know the players. This communication is essential because the Grambling area has gotten many services and grants from every level of government.”
Owens issued the following statement:
“In 1983 when I first ran for this position, I had no political experience. I soon learned that in order to get things done, I had to learn how to navigate the system, how to negotiate with fellow jurors and how to barter politically. Most of all, you had to have the guts to stand up for your convictions and stand up for your district. …
“I have made major efforts to make sure that all our elected and appointed officials communicate with one another. It is essential for our mutual progress … .
“My experience as a juror counts. I don’t have to learn the process. I am an able negotiator and advocate for my constituents. I stand my ground without influence from powers outside our community. My good works as a productive citizen and police juror have earned me the respect of public officials in this area, Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C.
“I will continue to step forward to champion causes beneficial to the Grambling area and the entire parish.