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John J. Price Named Chairman of EBR Republican Party

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Submitted by Betsy Barnes

Pictured: John J. Price, Harold Williams. Billy Thompson, Joan Lansing, Debbie Dougherty, Betsy Barnes

    John J. Price has been named chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party following the resignation by former chairman Harold Williams.  Williams announced that he has resigned as chairman of the East Baton Rouge Republican Party Parish Executive Committee in order to run for the Louisiana House of Representatives in the newly created District 101.  The North Baton Rouge district, created in the recently completed legislative session, centers at Florida Boulevard and includes neighborhoods like Sherwood Forest, Monticello, Brookstown and Merrydale.  

    Williams, 43, said while there is no formal requirement that he resign as chairman of the Republican Parish Executive Committee in order to run for the legislature, he felt it was the right thing to do and would allow him to devote more time to his campaign  while addressing the needs and problems of the district.   Williams qualified for the new legislative seat when formal qualifying opened Tuesday. The election is scheduled for October 22, 2011. 

    Williams is the owner of 1st Team Insurance Agency and is a former uniformed officer with the Baton Rouge City Police.  He is currently a member of the Baton Rouge Reserve Officers Association and previously served as a member of the East Baton Rouge ABC Board.    

    Williams said John J. Price has now replaced him as chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party.  Price, a local attorney, is a lifelong Republican and has been a member of the EBR Republican Parish Executive Committee since his election in 2008.  He was elected vice chairman of the EBR Republican Parish Executive Committee in 2010 and also currently serves on the Republican State Central Committee.

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