Matt Parker

Matt Parker, of Calhoun, recently announced his plans to qualify as a candidate for the state Senate’s District 35 office.

Parker, who is owner of Parker Auto Body in West Monroe, will campaign for the seat now held by state Sen. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro. Fannin is expected to seek re-election.

Parker grew up in Monroe and still lives in Ouachita Parish with Nora Gaar Parker, his wife of 42 years. He was an All-State football player, offensive guard, at Neville High School. After finishing high school, Matt served four years in the United States Air Force. Returning to Monroe after the military, he opened Parker Auto Body in 1984. For 35 years he has built this successful business into one of the premier, innovative, highly respected repair facilities in Louisiana.

Parker is an entrepreneur also owning Parker Tire & Alignment and PTAC, both located in Ouachita Parish.

“My success as a businessman uniquely qualifies me to serve in the Louisiana Senate. We need someone with business experience to return this State to fiscal sanity. I know how to balance a budget. I know a State, like a business, can’t spend more than it takes in,” he said.

He is the father of three children and four grandchildren all of whom live in Ouachita Parish. Parker and his wife are active members of The Assembly Church in West Monroe where he serves on the Church Security Team. Parker is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Parker believes we need new, strong, solid, real conservative Republican leadership in Baton Rouge.

“The old ways have failed our State. It’s time for new faces, new ideas. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you will keep getting what you’ve been getting,” Parker said.

The candidate has campaigned across the district for over a year. He has witnessed first-hand the strengths and weaknesses of our area.

Qualifying will take place from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8. State Senate District 35 includes parts of Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, Winn, Grant and Rapides parishes.

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