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Meet the Candidates: District 48 State Representative

Posted at 7:07 PM, Nov 07, 2019

Voters in District 48 will elect a new state representative.

District 48 covers parts of Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes.

The runoff is between republicans Beau Beaullieu and Ricky Gonsoulin. The winner will take over for State Representative Taylor Barras, who is term-limited.

Beaullieu calls himself a political outsider. He has never run for office, but he says he is ready to take on the state legislature.

"I think we need to bring fresh ideas to Baton Rouge. I'm a businessman, and so often we hear that we want our state capitol to run like a business," said Beaullieu. "Well, if you want Baton Rouge to run like a business, you need to send a business guy to handle that business."

Beaullieu says his primary reason for running for the seat is because he wants to bring jobs back to Louisiana.

"We've heard the words 'outmigration.' Now, with kids who are getting older and soon to be in the workforce, I realized the state has done very little to correct our problems," said Beaullieu.

Beaullieu thinks taxes and tort reform need to be addressed.

Ricky Gonsoulin is also a small business owner.

Gonsoulin is a fifth-generation sugarcane farmer and is the state legislative chairman of the American Sugarcane League.

He's not new to politics; he served on the Iberia Parish Council for eight years.

"After I've taken over 2,000 votes on the parish council and been held accountable and made some really, really tough votes, I have the skillset that brings me to Baton Rouge and make those tough decisions to represent [District] 48."

Gonsoulin believes he has the experience necessary to serve as state representative.

He also has a few ideas on how to improve state government.

"Make sure we live within our means in the budget in the State of Louisiana. We don't need to collect any more taxes," explained Gonsoulin. "We need to live within our means and make sure we use the available funds we have now to better serve our people."

If elected, the issues at the top of Gonsoulin's list are tort reform, infrastructure, education, health care, and jobs.

He also believes severance taxes need to be reduced.

For more information on Beaullieu, click here. Follow his campaign on Facebook here.

For more information on Gonsoulin, click here.

Election Day is November 16.