July 15–Charles “Mike” Callais, a longtime resident of Cut Off, announced his candidacy last week for Seat H on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.
He previously served at an interim Seat E port commissioner for about four months following the death of port Commissioner Wilbert Collins Sr. Since 2008, he has been the CEO of Abdon Callais Offshore and oversaw its transformation from an offshore supply vessel company into a commercial real estate company that conducts business across Lafourche, Terrebonne and Catahoula parishes.
Callais, who said he has no party affiliation, also serves on the United Community Bank Board of Directors and Lady of the Sea General Hospital Board of Commissioners. He is a past president of the Golden Meadow Rotary Club and a former board member of the Housing Authority of Lafourche Parish.
“My experience as an interim port commissioner, a vessel operator, and as a real estate manager make me uniquely qualified to work with the staff and commissioners of our ports as we continue to bring good jobs and economic growth to our community,” Callais wrote in his announcement.
Callais said if elected he hopes to continue pushing forward the projects the commission is working on.
The commission is working on plans to deepen the Belle Passe entrance into Port Fourchon to 50 feet, as well as deepen part of Bayou Lafourche. The commission also hopes to have a deepwater rig repair and refurbishment facility built just south of Port Fourchon, as well as a liquefied natural gas production and export facility built at the port.
“I am very community-minded and public-service minded, and I’m very well-qualified for the position,” Callais said. “I can contribute to the future of the port to … continue to bring in good jobs for future generations.”
The current Seat H commission member, Jimmy Guidry, has announced he is retiring, Callais said.
Candidates will sign up for the race July 18-20, and the election will be held Nov. 6. If no candidate receives more than half of the vote, a runoff will be held Dec. 8.
People in Lafourche Parish’s10th Ward, which is south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, elect the commission members.
Callais said no other candidate has publicly announced an intention to run for Seat H.
— Staff Writer Natalie Schwartz can be reached at 857-2205 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @nmschwartz23.
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