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Pierre announces bid for state House 44  --  The Independent - 6-28-2011

Lafayette businessman Vince Pierre has announced his intention to make state Rep. Rickey Hardy, D-Lafayette, a one-term lawmaker. The 47-year-old co-owner of a Lafayette dry-cleaning business and nephew of former state Rep. Wilfred Pierre, who held the seat before Hardy, says he will seek the state House District 44 seat in the October election. The district covers most of the north side of the city of Lafayette.  “I have often been interested in working as a public servant, working for people in the Lafayette area,” Pierre says. “I’ve worked on Wilfred’s campaigns a number of times, and I have just always had an interest in being in political office.”  Pierre graduated from Holy Rosary Institute and Southern University in Baton Rouge as well as the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lafayette Program. He is active in several area civic organizations including Boy Scouts and Acadiana Youth. He is married with three sons — 12-year-old twins Joshua and Kyle, who are 7th graders at L.J. Alleman Arts Academy; and 4-year-old Luke, who will be a kindergartner in the French Immersion Program at Prairie Elementary next school year. He says education and economic development will be the focal points of his campaign.  “One of the things that I’m really concentrating on is educational improvement. In District 44 we have failing schools. We have schools that have been challenged,” Pierre says, adding that “District 44 is the front yard of Lafayette as I normally tell everyone, and I am very interested in trying to develop that area so we can gain employment and companies to build here.”  The three-day qualifying period for the Oct. 22 primary begins Sept. 6.


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Vincent Pierre --- Candidate St. Representative District #44 -- The Daily Advertiser6-25-2011
Lafayette businessman for state representative:
Vincent "Vince" Pierre, who co-owns a local business, is running to represent Louisiana's 44th House district. Pierre, a Democrat, is leaving the private sector to run for the post, according to his campaign announcement. He is involved with several community organizations including Leadership Lafayette, Boy Scouts of America, Acadiana Youth, Inc. and the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce. Pierre said he wants to help people solve problems and avoid partisan politics. "It is critical that our district has a representative to fight for their interests at the state level, whether it is for a home rule petition, for a sewer system or fight for local aid," Pierre said in the news release.

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Pierre addresses allegations

Walter Pierce - 7-08-2011

Faced with a fusillade of incriminations, presumably from supporters of state Rep. Rickey Hardy, Vincent Pierre has addressed, point-by-point, accusations leveled against him in the comment section at theind.com and elsewhere regarding his character.
 
Within an hour after our June 28 blog, “Pierre announces bid for state House 44,” was posted, the attacks on Pierre began. He was accused of welshing on his child support payments, of bearing a child out of wedlock and resigning from a previous job at the Louisiana Lottery amid sexual-harassment allegations.
 
Pierre denies them all. He acknowledges that he is separated from his wife, but maintains they enjoy a healthy relationship centered around the rearing of their sons. While documents from the 15th Judicial Court in Lafayette from last December show that Pierre did in fact fall behind on his $1,400-per-month child support obligation, he says he has caught up and that he and his wife, who are separated but not divorced, “have an amicable financial agreement concerning the welfare of our children and we’re both acting in accordance with that agreement,” adding that “we’re great friends and she’s in full support of my running for office.”
 
Pierre also denies the allegations about out-of-wedlock paternity — a personal issue this newspaper is loath to broach. “I have three beautiful boys — Joshua, Kyle and Luke — and they’re all for my current wife; that’s the extent of my fatherhood,” Pierre insists.
 
When the sexual harassment charge was leveled against Pierre at theind.com, we contacted Lottery officials concerning the circumstances of his departure. In an email, Robin Schooling, vice president of human resources, replied only that “Vincent Pierre was employed by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation and ... he voluntarily resigned.”
 
Pierre vehemently denies allegations concerning his resignation from Louisiana Lottery: “I was never accused of sexual harassment charges at the Louisiana Lottery and I have never been accused at any job of sexual harassment.”
 
Pierre and Hardy will face off on Oct. 22 in the primary election for state House of Representatives District 44, the seat Hardy has held for four years and a seat long held by Pierre’s uncle, Wilfred Pierre.
 

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