Joseph seeks re-election

Allison B. Hudson

Ascension Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph said he is seeking reelection in

District 1 to improve the quality of life for the people on the West Bank

through economic growth, enhanced recreational opportunities and upgraded

infrastructure.

Joseph, 51, a Democrat, said 13 roads on the West Bank of the parish were

improved at a cost of $1 million during his current term and he plans to focus

on more road construction during his next four years in office. Additionally, he

wants to see the Department of Public Works building on West Bank completed and

that the $300,000 for a master drainage plan of the west side proceeds.

Regarding recreation, Joseph is pleased that parish government is working with

authorities on the West Bank. “We have hired a recreation director and made big

strides in purchasing the Fairgrounds for a recreation complex. Also, the Lowery

Community Park is being built on La. 1 South. “We are putting in pavilions and

walking paths, and will create a community exercise park there,” Joseph said.

Joseph said he wants to expand to more recreational activities in Modest

,Lemannville and the parks in the city of Donalsonville.

Joseph noted that he is working with federal and local officials to improve

community health on the West Bank. “The Capital City Health Care Center, a

non-profit organization which receives federal funds, is building a health care

clinic on the West Bank, which will be a preventable health care center for

low-income residents,” Joseph said.

In another health-related move, Joseph said he has help initiate a cleanup

program by putting dumpsters in communities and he plans to expand that program

to include newly acquired areas in the New District 1. “I also want to see that

every resident of the West Bank has garbage pick,” he said.

“I’m trying to provide the leadership we need to do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons,” said Joseph, who retired from the United

States Marines with 22 years of service. He is currently an employee of the

Ascension Parish School Board.

Joseph is vice president of the Louisiana Police Jury Black Caucus, an executive

board member of the National Association of Black County Officials, an elected

member of the Ascension Parish Democratic Committee, a member of the NAACP, a

member of the Knights of Peter Claver and coordinator of the Ascension Parish

Toys for Tots program.

Joseph and his wife Terry have three children, Joyy, Oliver IV and Paige. They

attend St. Catherine Church in Donaldsonville.