Stine to run for La. Senate, says he will seek Johns’ vacant seat

Published 8:00 am Monday, July 26, 2021

Jeremy Stine, marketing director for Stine Lumber and president of the Alliance for Positive Growth, announced Monday his candidacy for the open Louisiana Senate District 27 seat.

Stine is vying for the seat recently vacated by Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur, who was appointed last Friday by Gov. John Bel Edwards to serve as chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Stine, a Calcasieu Parish native and a Republican, made the announcement via a press release. He mentioned the strength Calcasieu residents have shown in the face of Hurricanes Laura and Delta, both of which made landfall last year.

“As a community, our strength was tested, but we rallied together to selflessly serve one another,” he said. “I’ve been in the trenches with you, and I’m ready to continue fighting for our community in Baton Rouge. It’s time to usher in a new generation of leadership that will do what is right for our community and fight to rebuild Calcasieu Parish better than ever.”

While in college, Stine worked as a legislative aide to the Jefferson Parish delegation in the state Legislature. After graduating from LSU, he worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, helping Southwest Louisiana recover after Hurricane Rita’s 2005 landfall. Stine, nor any other potential candidates for the District 27 Senate seat, were listed on the Secretary of State’s website as of press time Sunday.

Whoever is elected to fill the open Senate seat will serve the remainder of Johns’ term.