LAFAYETTE– Small businessman and first-time candidate, Stuart Bishop (R), will run for State Representative, District 43.  This seat will be open, as the incumbent, Page Cortez is vacating the seat to run for State Senate.  “With the perspective of a father of two young boys, the husband of a wonderful wife, a small businessman and a proud citizen of Lafayette, I will enter the political arena to help build a stronger state for our people, one dedicated to conservative principles and honest government,” Bishop said.

A resident of Lafayette, Stuart graduated from Hanson Memorial High School then went on to Louisiana State University.  While pursuing his university studies, he worked as a senate aide at the legislature.  Upon graduation, Stuart became a plant manager at Baldwin Redi-Mix where he later became director of sales and then a co-owner.

“I firmly believe our best days are still ahead, but just having hope will not prepare us for the future.  I support pro-business and fiscally conservative policies as strategies for reaching our goals.  We must make our small businesses, schools and universities 21st century competitive.  Innovation, tax incentives, less burdensome regulations, education reform and investments in talent and productivity will help bolster the Louisiana economy for generations to come,” Bishop said.

Stuart is a Republican, a member of Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lafayette Class XXII.  In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Lafayette Education Foundation, the Concrete and Aggregate Association of Louisiana and the National Redi-Mix Concrete Association.

“Acadiana is the hot spot for economic activity and I will pursue policies that strengthen our infrastructure, ease our traffic conditions and allow us to be productive, healthy, and competitive.  I value the balance between work and family.  It’s important to our way of life,” Bishop stated.

Stuart is married to Kim Dugas and they have two sons; Donald “Tre” III (3 years old) and Cooper Bishop (8 months).  They are parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

House district 43 encompasses portions of the municipalities of Youngsville and Broussard, as well as southern Lafayette parish.