Jason Connor announces run for Erath City Council
I am writing to announce my candidacy for Erath City Council. I have been a resident of Erath since 1986 and I have truly enjoyed the small-town atmosphere. Everyone looks out for each other and most of the people have been in Erath for generations. That family atmosphere is very important to me. About 4 years ago I began to question the electrical bills and attended many council meetings, and that began my interest in town affairs. To most who know me, I am not political by nature, but when I see injustice I feel compelled to speak up. And that is what I have been doing for the last 4 years. I truly feel the town of Erath with its current electrical ordinance is very unfair to our residents and I have done my homework in understanding how we got to this point. Erath is in the “electrical business” and currently buys electricity from CLECO and resells is back to its own people. That is where the problem lies. There are months where Erath charges more than CLECO for electricity and that is just not fair to the town people. That is where I respectfully disagree with our current mayor on the lowering of electrical rates. While there was a very slight decrease in electrical rates from our customer, the town of Erath has NEVER reduced its rate to its own people, (Currently 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour for residence and 5.4 cents for businesses). This ordinance is chasing both people and businesses out of town! I could go on about this subject, but my main point is this ordinance needs to change for our town to grow and prosper.
I am the father of two children, Gabriel who currently works for Acadian Contractors in the quality department, and Courtney who is currently enrolled in SLCC pursuing a Medical Assistant degree. I have been involved in youth sports in Erath as a coach with Betty Cormier and their family oriented league! In addition, I am an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where I am currently a Lector and Eucharistic minister at mass and to those who are homebound. I have been involved with the youth as a confirmation teacher and I am always ready to help in any capacity for the church! I have been married nearly 32 years to Tammy who is the daughter of Willis and Edith Granger, who are lifelong residents of Erath.
I am a graduate of UL with a bachelor degree in Industrial Technology. I have been a part of a family owned business “Connor Roofing” with my grandfather “Slim” Connor and my father Sidney Connor where I learned the true value of money and budgets in a very small business. I have been in the oilfield industry for the last 25 years and I am very familiar with the constant changing environment of that industry which requires careful planning and forecasting. I am currently a Quality manager at Acadian Contractors in Abbeville and I am very thankful for their commitment to family and the security they have provided me over the last 8 years!
My purpose is very simple. I am looking to run our city like a business and to always find the most efficient way to produce the desired outcome. My main goal is to minimize the burden placed on our community with the current electrical issues and to always put the hard-working people first. I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns and I will do my best to provide the answers to the people who put their trust in me as your next Erath Councilman!