Douglas Brown announced his candidacy for Louisiana Senate District 31 on February 25. Brown is a resident of Cheneyville, a small agriculture town. He grew up hunting, fishing and working on his family’s rice, soybean and crawfish farm. The Brown family is strong in their Catholic faith, their patriotism and helping their fellow neighbors.
September 11, 2001, was a day that no one old enough to remember will soon forget, but for Brown, that day altered the course of his future.
“After 9/11 I felt the urgent call to defend our nation’s freedom,” said Brown. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. By the time Douglas reached 19, he was deployed with a Combat Sniper Battalion to Iraq. His first deployment, brought some of the costliest battles in the war. He was wounded in the Battle of Najaf, and was awarded a Purple Heart.
Brown received four more deployment orders: three more to Iraq, and one to Afghanistan. Special Operations Capable Sniper Sgt. Brown, after five deployments and 10 years of service, medically retired due to wounds received in combat.
“I was fighting for the people in my District when they didn’t even know who I was,” said Brown.
After retirement, Brown began to help his fellow veteran brothers and sisters gain back a sense of normalcy on American soil. He crossed the United States visiting the men and women under his command in their homes, offices, and churches, to help them adapt back to civilian life. Attending support meetings, hoping with social and awareness events, or simply helping them discuss their events of war with their families, he was there for them. Soon he realized he missed his home, which was never far from his thoughts, and he moved back to the little farmhouse by Bayou Boeuf in Cheneyville. He picked up right where he left off, farming.
Agriculture has been a staple in the United State’s and Louisiana’s economy since the founding of our nation and this great state. Agriculture and farming was such a vital cornerstone of the foundation forming this nation that twenty-one of the thirty-nine signers of the Constitution of the United States, were involved in agriculture. Brown and his family take great pride in being Louisiana farmers. As a rice, soybean and crawfish farmer in Cheneyville, Douglas became very aware of the problems facing Louisiana Senate District 31. He began to realize that high taxes, stiff regulations and unemployment rates were plaguing the parishes (Rapides, Sabine, Natchitoches, Grant, Red River and Winn) in District 31.
The leadership skills he acquired in the Marine Corps, the common sense solutions and hard work needed for agriculture, were just a few of the missing links in the chain from Baton Rouge to Senate District 31.
“I believe you first have to serve in order to lead,” said Brown. “It’s time to lay down the rifle and be the voice of the people. It’s time for the hardworking man in District 31 to speak out and it’s time to bring Baton Rouge back to her roots. It’s time I fight a different kind of battle. I will not sit down on any issues. I will stand and fight for the moral, ethical, economical, educational and constitutional principles that I and the residents of this great district hold so dear.”
Re-entry for Veterans into the workforce.
Education for younger individuals between the ages 11-15 to give them a good compass for their path into the workforce.
Economic growth, which will encompass timber, farming, agriculture and big business. It’s time to find a way through the red tape in Baton Rouge that has tied the hands of the working man for too long.
Brown is looking forward to meeting and talking to every person in this large district about their cares and concerns of the future of District 31. He and his team strongly believe that the voice of the people, and the vote of the people, can and will turn the tide of the future of the State of Louisiana.
“District 31 is deep seeded in conservative values, rich heritage and cherished traditions,” he said. “I am proud to call our area home. It is time for our hometown, hardworking way of life to become the shining example of how to get things accomplished in Baton Rouge.”
Volunteers and support will be needed for this grassroots campaign. If you would like to volunteer to help bring change to your parish and district, email Douglas and his team, and let’s do this together! Our VOICE, Our VOTE, Our FUTURE!
Contact Douglas Brown on Facebook @douglasbrown.ourvoice or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.