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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Charles “Mike” Callais announces candidacy for Port Commission, Seat H

Charles “Mike” Callais announces candidacy for Port Commission, Seat H

I, Charles Michael “Mike” Callais, would be honored to have your vote and support on November 6, 2018 in the upcoming election for Seat H on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.

I am married to the former Blanche Bouvier of Larose. We are blessed with four children, Dennis Collins, Ronnie Collins, Leah Callais France, and Rachel Callais Barbour, and four beautiful grandchildren. My parents are Gloria Callais and the late Harold Callais of Golden Meadow.

I was raised in Galliano and Golden Meadow and have been a resident of Cut Off for the last thirty years. I am an LSU graduate with a degree in Business Management.

I’ve worked much of my career in Abdon Callais Offshore, a Golden Meadow based family-owned offshore supply vessel company started by my grandfather in 1948. I have worked in Abdon Callais Offshore in various positions since 1988, becoming CEO in 2008.

In 2013, we sold all of our marine vessels and I oversaw the transformation of Abdon Callais Offshore into a commercial real estate company that does business in three parishes.

Additionally, I am a member of the Board of Directors and a shareholder of United Community Bank which operates nine branches in five parishes. I have extensive knowledge in financial management and budgeting, and I want to use my experience to help our community.

I am a member of the Lady of the Sea General Hospital Board of Commissioners and I previously served on the Housing Authority of Lafourche Parish Board from 1996 to 2010.

I have held many leadership positions on the local, regional and statewide levels in the Knights of Columbus and have been an active member since 1985. I am a past President of the Rotary Club of Golden Meadow, and have been a member since 1993. I serve my church as the Chairman of the Building Committee, as a member of the Finance Committee, and by assisting at church services. I also serve on the boards of several other charitable service organizations.

I was appointed as the interim commissioner for Seat E on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for four months last year after the death of Mr. Wilbert Collins.

The port has significant value for our community, and my experience as an interim Port Commissioner, as a vessel operator, and as a real estate manager, make me uniquely qualified to assist the staff and commissioners of our port as we look to bring good jobs and economic growth to our community.

If given the honor to serve you, I promise that no one will work harder to oversee our port.

I humbly ask for your vote and your support on November 6, 2018 for Port Commissioner, Seat H on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Thank you for your consideration.