Tuesday afternoon Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Blake LaFontaine declared his intentions to run for the Mississippi State Senate for District 46. This district encompasses all of Hancock County, West Pass Christian, DeLisle, the Vidalia, Ladner, and Lizana communities in West Harrison County.
“My motivation is simple: I want to help make Mississippi and Hancock County a better place to live for my family and yours,” said LaFontaine. “Therefore, I believe that any official who wants to serve District 46 and this State should be willing to submit his or her views, record and competence over the coming months.”
The Senate District 46 seat is currently held by Phillip Moran, as a portion of his bill during the recent special session in the State Legislature was passed for Mississippi to begin a lottery. Additionally, Moran co-sponsored the BP legislation, which was signed by Governor Phil Bryant last week, bringing 75% of the remaining $550 million to the Coast.
According to LaFontaine, “with the proper leadership and mentality, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast can prosper” and “we also must decide how to maximize the economic impact to our state regarding BP damages, money, and royalties from offshore energy development.”
Senator Moran has not indicated his choice and was not reached for comments.