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Donaldsonville native runs for Congress

DeRon Talley
Dwayne Bailey, a Donaldsonville native, is running for U.S. Congress District 2.

When a town local runs for a national office, it comes by rare chance. For Dwayne Bailey, he said he certainly thinks so as he campaigns for U.S. Congressman for District 2.

"This community has to understand that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Donaldsonville to restore itself," said Bailey, a husband and father of two. "Not waiting for someone from outside of this community to come and provide the catalyst that they need to jump start our economy, to jump start our rebuilding physically, spiritually and socially. All in one character, God is willing to bless Donaldsonville. They have to see that God's choice is the clear choice for them."

Bailey, a Republican, has four platforms: education, economy, law enforcement and a flood plan.

As resident of the river parishes, Bailey noted that Donaldsonville is in the "industrial corridor." He said some people calls it "cancer alley," but he calls it the "industrial corridor."

"This district does not need a congressman that will impede the industrial corridor, one of the greatest ports in the world and our capitol city," said Bailey, who currently works as an Operator/Supervisor at Shell-Motiva in Convent. "We need a congressman that's going to stand his ground and do what's right and make sure the individuals who make up this district have opportunity and resources. That's why Dwayne Bailey is in this race."

Bailey has never served in politics before, but he said he is uniquely qualified. He said the district needs someone that's going to have integrity, moral values and responsible, professional leadership to make sure this district is going to stay stable.

"From Scotlandville, which has ExxonMobile, coming down to Dow Chemical, Shintech, BASF, Air Products, down to Nucor, that's coming up in St. James, and Chevron and Norco and the Nuclear plants," Bailey said, "that makes this district the wealthiest in the state of Louisiana, bar none. That makes this district the most powerful in the state, bar none."

Bailey will be running against names like Gary Landrieu who are from the New Orleans areas, and Bailey said they are going to do "their thing for Orleans."

Bailey, who is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge and who's son attends the University of New Orleans, said he will well represent Baton Rouge and New Orleans very well too.

"We are going to take care of them. We are going to make sure that those flood plans that are so important to our district stay on the front burner until we get those levees accomplished."

He also talked about fighting for education and how is very passionate about it. He said for Donaldsonville to have habitual failing schools for two decades is completely wrong. He thinks it should be impossible for children to attend underachieving schools in this day and age.

"I support vouchers because the kids shouldn't have to wait until we find a solution to fix their school and have their education ruined. That child should have an opportunity to go to a passing school, a good school day one. It's all about the kids, not about the employees."

Bailey not only wants to help the children succeed in the school, but he also wants what is best for Ascension Parish and the economic development of it. He said he is familiar with the half cents sales tax the parish is asking citizens to vote on, and that he studied the state and parish plans.

"I am against that," he said. "Donaldsonville will not get any work or repairs done to any road."

"The plan reads like this: 'If there is any surplus money then Donaldsonville will get roadwork done. From the state engineers that money will be gone in three years.'"

According to Bailey, Ascension Parish will be stuck with the bill for the next 300 years, and he said he said once we get those parish roads, we have to maintain them, patrol them and are liable for them.

"Donaldsonville won't have an ounce of asphalt laid, and yet I and every other resident here will be paying for the roads to be fixed on the other side of the river, while we get nothing."

He added, "The tax for the roads is not good for Donaldsonville, at all."