Councilwoman To Seek At-Large Seat In Mandeville
MANDEVILLE, LA – Mandeville City Councilwoman Carla Buchholz, who has represented the city's second district for seven years, will seek an at-large seat in the 2016 elections.
Buchholz, who has lived in the city for more than 30 years, will seek one of the two at-large seats on the five-member Council.
"As the only member of the current Council with prior legislative experience, as a longtime citizen, and as a mother, grandmother and small business owner, I know I am qualified to serve," Buchholz said.
During her service on the Council, Buchholz has worked to improve the city's reputation, authored legislation to improve infrastructure and traffic, and supported initiatives to improve transparency and citizen involvement in local government. A longtime volunteer in various community organizations, chair of Keep Mandeville Beautiful, and a member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, Buchholz is married to Collin Buchholz and is the mother of three.
"I hope the people I have served will advance me to an at-large position so I can continue my dedication to our city," Buchholz said. "I have a proven record of supporting the business community while insisting on responsibility to and respect for our residential areas. I believe in responsible growth, limited government, and improving overall quality of life for all of Mandeville.
"I know how to build coalitions, but I have not been reluctant to call out political maneuverings and bad decisions that put politics over people," she said. "I've been elected to serve, and that's what I'm here to do."
Buchholz was first elected in 2008, and was reelected in 2012 without opposition – the only member of the previous Council who was returned to office. She has been outspoken in efforts for smaller government, honoring responsibilities to City employees, and resisting political influences that put politics above people. She is the only woman on the five-member legislative body.
"When the people choose their Council in 2016, I hope they will look favorably on my record and promote me to a citywide position," she said. "I will serve all of Mandeville with the same dedication as I have served District II for the last eight years."