Charles R. Walker has announced his bid for re-election to the District 12 (Doyline) Webster Parish Police Jury seat.
Walker has served on the police jury for 19 years, including seven years as vice president and the past 12 years as president.
He has also served on all jury committees, chairing all but one during his tenure.
"I would like to thank the residents of District 12 for the privilege of serving you as your police juror for the past 19 years," Walker said. "I want to continue doing not only what is good for the people of District 12, but also for the people of all of Webster Parish."
In his tenure on the jury, Walker has been instrumental in the lease of the landfill, which allowed the jury to better compensate its employees and provide them with better equipment to perform their jobs.
"It really improved the working relationship between the employees and the jury and the working conditions for the employees," Walker said. "And that's what makes the jury — the people."
Walker also set a goal for himself of hardsurfacing all of the roads in District 12.
"I am pleased to say all roads have been hardsurfaced with the completion of Tadpole this year," he said. "We have some new roads that have been brought into our system. They will be hardsurfaced as we progress."
Walker also worked to bring the Pine Country Fire Training Education Center and Youth Challenge Program to Camp Minden
"Both of those are a plus for my district, but they also serve all people in northwest Louisiana," Walker said.
Walker first saw the Youth Challenge Program while visiting Camp Beauregard.
"I saw all of these kids marching together and in uniform," Walker said, though quick to credit others who made the program a reality in Webster Parish.
"The only thing I did was ask for it," Walker said. "I think the program is very important."
Walker also helped obtain and renovate the boat launch at Dorcheat and La. 164. He is also proud to support water systems, the fire department and school within the Doyline district. He also supports Doyline athletic programs.
"I worked out an agreement with the National Guard at Camp Minden to reopen Gate 3 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate the businesses and people in Doyline," he said. "This was a major accomplishment, and I appreciate the help from the camp commander at Camp Minden. These are the things I should do to serve the people of Doyline."
Both Walker and his wife, Dorothy, graduated from Doyline High as have three of their grandchildren.
Walker retired from Southland Corporation (7-Eleven) as a district manager after 35 years in the convenience store business. He is also a member of First Baptist Church of Doyline and the American Legion.
"I believe my experience in business, plus serving as jury president for 12 years make me the most qualified candidate," Walker said. "If the people of District 12 have a problem, they know they can call me or connect with me, and we will take care of it. I am always here for the people."