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|Pylant announces for House|
Sheriff Steve Pylant says he will be a candidate for Rep. Noble
Ellington's seat in the state House of Representatives.
Ellington announced last week he would not seek re-election this fall to the District 20 seat in the state House. Ellington is bowing out of politics after serving six terms in the Legislature.
Pylant, a 56-year-old Republican who lives in Crowville, announced in
May he would retire from law enforcement when his term expires June 30, 2012.
Pylant declared his intentions to succeed Ellington late last week.
"I just enjoy serving people," Pylant said. "Helping folks is what I've done my whole
"I'm not ready for the rocking chair yet because I feel like I've got a lot to offer," he said. "I would like to go down (to Baton Rouge) and see why things don't work any better than they do."
The only other announced candidate for Ellington's seat is Cleve Womack,
a Democrat from Catahoula Parish.
Pylant, a 28-year law enforcement veteran who has served as sheriff since 1996, said his record of fiscal responsibility as sheriff should be a positive in his campaign for the House.
He counts the $2 million expansion of the parish detention center, funded by the sheriff's office, as one of the biggest accomplishments of his 15-year tenure as sheriff. Expanding the jail generated additional revenue for sheriff's office, and it allowed the sheriff's office to set aside a 9.4-mill property tax in 2005.
Pylant said innovative thinking that his administration pursued was needed in state government.
"When you look at all the things we have been able to accomplish at the sheriff's office, there are some things that could be taken to Baton Rouge and be successful," he said.
The primary election for District 20 is Oct. 22, with a run-off
election, if needed, to be held Nov. 19.
District 20 is comprised of Franklin, Catahoula and Caldwell parishes and parts of LaSalle and Tensas parishes.