After playing a significant role in managing several political campaigns and actively being a voice for the community, Baton Rouge airport commissioner Cleve Dunn Jr. has announced his candidacy for metro council District 6.
For many in the community, he is known as a strategic thinker and leader. He said these assets aid him in being the most impactful candidate for Metro and he will use these skills to bring “a fresh perspective in order to address the current challenges in the East Baton Rouge Parish.”
After serving the district for 12 years, Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis terms out in December. Dunn said this was one of the key factors in choosing to run. “I’ve been approached in the past and asked to run for the District 6 Metro Council seat. I dismissed that ideal mainly because Donna Collins Lewis was in place as councilwoman and because the timing was not right for me.”
Now is the time, he said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic will have negative effects on city-parish budgets like never before seen. These are some major challenges that we have ahead of us and it’s important that we have people in office who have experience, influence, and a track record of getting things done. I feel I am that candidate who can get things done for district 6 residents and I humbly ask them for their support.” He said.
A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge and business owner, Dunn said he is determined to bring components that have been missing in the district like industrial distribution, healthcare facilities, and a community center. He plans to focus on economic development strategies which include increasing contracting opportunities for local and disadvantaged business enterprises.
“During these difficult times, we are faced with many challenges. As a parish we need to produce a comprehensive plan to address flooding and drainage, our DPW city employees deserve a long-overdue pay raise and district 6, and all of North Baton Rouge is in dire need for public-private partnerships to reduce blight and increase development in the area with more high paying jobs and contracting opportunities for local small businesses,” he said.
Dunn is a chairman of the Baton Rouge Airport Board of Commissioners and a member of The North Baton Rouge Now Blue-Ribbon Commission, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Police Reform, and Community Engagement Committee, the Baton Rouge City-Parish Body Camera Committee, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome Police Policy Reform Advisory Committee.
He co-chairs Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome North Baton Rouge Revitalization Transition Team. He is president of the Capitol High Alumni Association and serves on the board of the Angel’s Empowerment Organization and The Butterfly Society.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Stacey Posey Dunn, for 22 years and they have two daughters. The election is scheduled for November 3.