Jeff Thompson announces candidacy for Congress
Responding to the encouragement of business, civic and political leaders throughout Northwest Louisiana, Jeff Thompson of Bossier City today announced his candidacy for Louisiana's District 4 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Thompson, a Republican, is a former president of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation. Thompson is a longtime supporter of Barksdale Air Force Base and the men and women who serve in the military. He submitted his paperwork via mail today to the Federal Elections Commission in Washington, D.C.
"Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk are parts of our neighborhoods and our economy. Speaking up on their behalf in Washington is vitally important," Thompson said. "Completing I-49 and moving forward on I-69 are critical to the continued economic growth of Louisiana. We need to move forward on economic development and spread the message of the ethics reform occurring in Louisiana.
"In my campaign, we're going to be talking about the things that matter to people - the things that touch their pocketbooks, their families, their jobs, their safety and their concerns."
Thompson has been married for 17 years to Shreveport native Toni Thompson, and they have two children, Lillie, 9, and Rowe William, 5. Jeff is the son of USAF Col. (Ret.) Ray and Rita Thompson of Bossier City. Toni is the daughter of John and Barbara Hurst, now living in Benton.
"It's a national office, but it's a local race," Thompson said. "I'm excited by the challenge. I have the experience, energy and enthusiasm needed to do the job. My work here started long before I thought about running for office, and it won't stop once the votes are counted. I'm going to work to earn your vote, and I want to be your local voice in Washington."