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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Local businessman announces candidacy for Rep. District 55

Local businessman announces candidacy for Rep. District 55

I, Donovan Fremin, with great thought and prayer, have decided to run for the District 55 seat of the Louisiana House of Representatives which is being vacated by current Representative Jerome “Dee” Richard.

I am a lifelong resident of Thibodaux, graduated from Thibodaux High School and attended Nicholls State University.

I have been married for 19 years to my wonderful wife, Amanda Enclade Fremin, and we have two beautiful children, Declan and Finley.

I am a Republican with conservative values and my family and I are parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

For many years I have supported numerous local charitable and non-profit organizations. I also enjoy volunteering with the Thibodaux Recreation Department. I work for the parent company Delta Music, Inc. where I also manage and supervise its subsidiaries (Fremin Investments, Inc., Fremin Brother Rentals, LLC, Delta Coin Machines, Inc. and Executive Gaming, Inc.).

My extensive knowledge of operating a small business will be an advantage to those throughout the business community. During my employment, I have served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Amusement and Music Operators Association and was elected its President from 2004-2005. Additionally, I served on the Board of Directors of the national trade organization, The Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA), where I once again was elected its President from 2011-2012.

During my service to the AMOA, I successfully chaired crucial committees such as the Budget and Finance Committee and the Government Relations Committee. As AMOA President, I traveled throughout the country speaking on the association’s behalf while getting input and advice from its members. I believe all of my experiences and education have prepared me to be a productive and successful leader for District 55 and the State of Louisiana.

Our state’s budget has been a cause for concern over recent years. I believe Louisiana does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. We cannot continue to increase taxes on our citizens and our businesses. The state must do a better job in identifying wasteful spending and inefficiencies.

We must stabilize our tax structure and offer a better business environment which will attract companies to invest in Louisiana. I will press the governor and state agencies to fund much needed projects in District 55 such as levee protection and infrastructure repairs to our failing bridges and substandard highways.

I recognize the importance of fully funding Nicholls State University and organizing the TOPS scholarship program to be sustainable for our children’s future. Our K thru 12 schools are also lacking the necessary funding to possess the proper resources our teachers need to help better educate our children. I also believe we must show our appreciation for our teachers by increasing their salaries to the southern average.

Protecting our recreational hunting and fishing pastime, implementing additional criminal and addiction rehabilitation programs, and offering trade programs in our schools are just a few of the many topics I wish to champion as your next District 55 State Representative.