|Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry|
LaBranche is a licensed arborist and horticulturist.
LaBranche lost to Republican incumbent Michael Strain in the blanket primary on October 22, 2011. Because Strain captured more than 50% of the primary vote, he won the election outright. Although the Louisiana general election is scheduled for November 19, 2011, the office of agriculture and forestry commissioner will not appear on the ballot.
|Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011|
|Republican||Mike Strain Incumbent||66.5%||640,886|
On his campaign website LaBranche extensively outlines four main points of his platform. Excerpts:
- Medical Agriculture: "Under my plan Louisiana will partner with the private sectors to implement the largest medical agriculture program in North America. Louisiana has the right climate and soil structure to cultivate many of medical plants, including Poppy."
- Abolishing the child fishing and hunting tax: "As Commissioner of Agriculture my first two acts of duty will be to rid of the child fishing tax and child hunting tax, which Louisiana pedals as a license. These license fees, fines, penalties or taxes; whichever you wish to call it, is a direct assault on the family structure."
- Schools: "As Agriculture Commissioner I will bring- forth an initiative to reinstate agricultural studies back into the Public School System. The proposed initiative will consist of a two year horticulture studies program; where students will retain a license of certification upon completion. This study will be available to 11th and 12th grade students who will then have the opportunity to graduate with a skilled trade."
- Fishing: " As Agriculture Commissioner I will partner with local fisherman to create a State Of the Art Market Place that would revitalize the gulf coast seafood industry. This market will allow Louisiana fisherman to bring in their fresh catch for market; the state-of-the-art market will allow fisherman to instantaneously advertise their goods over the internet on a nationwide data base of restaurants, super markets, and other seafood processing industries."
LaBranche and his wife Kim have three children.
- Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2011
- Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
- Mike Strain