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Zainey Considers Legislative Race
Joy Zainey, wife of federal Judge Jay C. Zainey and mother of three, is giving serious consideration to the District 81 race for state representative, a district that represents Old Metairie and Bucktown. Zainey has worked as a Jefferson Parish school teacher and now serves in her second term on the Causeway Commission. "Having successfully served on the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission, which has an annual budget of approximately $20 million, I feel qualified to address budget issues in government, as well as issues related to infrastructure," says Zainey.

Incumbent Jennifer Sneed will vacate the seat to run for Jefferson Parish Council. The last time there was an open seat in District 81 was when David Vitter resigned to run for Congress. There were 13 candidates in that race, and most observers expect another large field for this open election.

Schwegmann to Run for Lieutenant Governor
Last week, the Chateau Country Club in Kenner welcomed a crowded ballroom of candidates, volunteers and consultants for the Outstanding Public Servant Awards honoring Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Aaron Broussard and Philip Rebowe, CPA and president of Rebowe and Company. Gubernatorial candidates Republican Bobby Jindal, Democrat Buddy Leach and Democrat Randy Ewing were present; also in attendance was Republican Stephen Rue, a candidate for lieutenant governor.

At the banquet, Democrat State Rep. Melinda Schwegmann made clear her intention of running for her old job of lieutenant governor. Schwegmann served as lieutenant governor from 1992 to 1996, vacating the job to run for governor. She lost that race, but returned to politics several years later and has served five years as a state representative from New Orleans. She will lose her seat to reapportionment this year.

Schwegmann joins a growing field of candidates for lieutenant governor. Along with Rue, Republican nonprofit executive Kirt Bennett of Baton Rouge has already announced and Democrat State Rep. Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans has indicated that he will also run. With four credible candidates, the lieutenant governor race should be one of the more interesting to watch this election season.

Jefferson Business Leaders for Governor
A group of prominent Jefferson Parish business leaders has formed a political action committee, Jefferson Business Leaders for Governor. The purpose of the group will be to galvanize the business community behind a "favorite son" who lives in or is an elected official representing at least some part of the parish.

The chairman of the organization is Jefferson business leader Henry Shane; the treasurer is CPA Philip Rebowe, and attorney David Sherman serves as legal counsel. There are 10 members on the organization's initial executive committee, who will select future members; some of those charter members include business leaders Sam Anzelmo, Nick Baroni, Jim Hudson and Wayne Thomas.

All members will be given one vote and are required to make a contribution of $1,000 to the organization. All candidates will be invited to make a presentation at the organization's April meeting. Once the committee makes its selection, all funds collected, minus expenses, will be spend on the endorsed candidate after Sept. 1.

The effort is groundbreaking in Jefferson Parish. The selection process will no doubt be difficult, with local candidates such as State Sen. Ken Hollis, State Sen. John Hainkel, former Gov. Dave Treen and Public Service Commissioner Jay Blossman in the race. In addition, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick is seriously considering the race and is expected to make a final decision in the next few days. All of these candidates are Republicans except Connick, who is a Democrat.

Alliance for Good Government to Hold Jefferson Banquet
The Jefferson Chapter of the Alliance for Good Government holds its First Annual Jefferson Recognition Dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at The Balcony. The chapter will present awards to the top administrator, judge and law enforcement official of the year; this columnist will serve as master of ceremonies.

"The Alliance for Good Government has been supporting good government candidates since 1967," says Alliance public relations chairman Joseph Stagni. "The Alliance for Good Government consists of chapters in Jefferson, New Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes. We have over 70 members in the Jefferson Parish chapter."

For ticket information, contact Garner Gremillion at 464-2263.

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