Jamie LaBranche

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Jamie LaBranche
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Candidate for
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalOctober 24, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionArborist/horticulturist
Websites
Campaign website
Jamie LaBranche is a Democratic candidate for Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2015 election. He announced his candidacy on November 18, 2014.[1]

He was a 2011 Democratic candidate for Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture. He lost to Republican incumbent Michael Strain in the blanket primary on October 22, 2011.

Biography

LaBranche is a licensed arborist and horticulturist.[2]

Elections

2015

See also: Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

LaBranche is running for the office of Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2015 election.[1] The primary election is scheduled for October 24, 2015, with a runoff held on November 21, 2015, if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.

Campaign themes

LaBranche is running on the following themes in the 2015 election:

LABRANCHE WILL INTRODUCE A NEW INDUSTRY TO LOUISIANA ( MEDICAL AGRICULTURE FARMING INDUSTRY ) THAT WILL CREATE MORE HIGH PAYING JOBS THIS STATE SEEN SINCE THE 1950s FROM LABORERS TO HIGHLY SKILLED PROFESSIONALS. WE AT A CRITICAL TURNING POINT IN THE MEDICAL FIELD WITH MAJOR EXPANSIONS IN NEW ORLEANS AND SURROUND AREAS, WE HAVE THE BEST COLLEGES IN LOUISIANA FOR THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY, THIS NEW MEDICAL AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY WILL SECURE HIGH PAYING JOBS FOR THE COLLEGE GRADS AND OTHERS. WE ALSO SECURED INTEREST IN BUILDING PROCESSING AND PRODUCTION PLANTS THROUGH OUT THE STATE BY MAJOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. JOIN ME IN CREATING A GREAT FUTURE FOR LOUISIANA AND ALLOWING OUR KIDS TO REMAIN IN OUR STATE, INSTEAD OF SEARCHING FOR A CAREER OUT OF STATE.

( THE FARMERS ) WILL BENEFIT BY RECEIVING MORE PER ACRE THAN OTHER CROPS WITH LESS LABOR AND EQUIPMENT.EXAMPLE: SUGAR CANE YIELDS AN AVG. OF $ 650.00 PER ACRE TO THE FARMER. MEDICAL CROPS WILL YIELD STARTING AT $ 2600.00 PER ACRE AND UP.

( AGRICULTURE STUDIES IN HIGH SCHOOLS ) HAVE BEEN GONE FOR A VERY LONG TIME IN OUR SCHOOLS. YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, DO YOU WANT TO LIVE OFF OF IMPORTED PRODUCE. WITH MOST OF OUR FARMERS AT RETIREMENT AGE AND THE STATE NOT TEACHING AGRICULTURE STUDIES ( FUTURE FARMERS ) YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF EMPTY FIELDS. MY FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE I WILL REINSTATE AGRICULTURE STUDIES BACK IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE STATE.

I AM THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR A PENNY,BECAUSE I WANT WHATS BEST FOR THE STATE, NOT OWING A THIRD PARTY FAVOR. MY OPPONENT SPENT OVER A HALF MILLION IN 2011, I SPENT " 0 " AND RECEIVED 268,000 VOTES IN 40 DAYS OF GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN. I ASK YOU TO JOIN MY GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN TO MOVE OUR GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA FORWARD. [3]

—Jamie LaBranche's campaign website, (2014), [1]

2011

See also: Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2011

LaBranche lost to Republican incumbent Michael Strain in the blanket primary on October 22, 2011. Because Strain captured more than 50 percent of the primary vote, he won the election outright. Although the Louisiana general election was scheduled for November 19, 2011, the office of agriculture and forestry commissioner did not appear on the ballot.

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Strain Incumbent 66.5% 640,886
     Democratic Jamie LaBranche 27.8% 267,942
     Reform Belinda Alexandrenko 5.7% 54,888
Total Votes 963,716


Platform

On his campaign website, LaBranche outlined four main points of his 2011 platform. Excerpts:[4]

  • 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."

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