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Feb 19, 2011 12:06 AM by Shawn Kline

Perry prepares to punch ballot

Democrat Nathan Granger and Republican Jonathan Perry are facing off to claim a seat on Senate District 26.
Thursday night, we took a close look at Granger's campaign and now, a look at his opponent.
Jonathan Perry took KATC for a walk around his hometown of Kaplan; explaining why he would be the best choice for voters but there's a history behind Perry's life in office.

Before the signs, and before the campaign, Jonathan Perry says his public service all started behind the badge as a Kaplan Police Officer.
"You learn to relate a lot when you're making $7.15 as a police officer," Perry said.
A job he's still proud of- now trying to share that pride with the people of Senate District 26.
"Everybody's losing their jobs." Hope David says, "I think he would work to provide jobs for families for people because he's in it for all the right reasons."
"Being that I have a small business... he's the right man." Brad Simon says, "(Perry is) going to lead me in the right direction and there's no doubt about it."
Simon is proud to serve people of Kaplan his homemade shrimp burgers and he says he owes some of his success to a close friend.
"Who convinced you to open this place up?" KATC's Shawn Kline asked Simon.
"Our new State Senator, Mr. Jonathan Perry," he responded.
"The growth of every small community starts with the small business." Cindy Darcourt says, "that's mom and pops like my store here."
Darcourt moved to Kaplan after Katrina, opening a donut shop.
She says her Cannoli speak for themselves but Perry helped.
"Jonathan is a big influence as far as getting small people to get their business up off the ground and going," she said.
"I just think I have a track record that shows I'm here for the right reasons." Perry says, "that's what people are looking for- honesty and integrity."
A track record that didn't start in Baton Rouge for the current State Representative, but right here in Kaplan.

To view our story on his opponent, Nathan Granger click here.

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