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Rick Webre releases statement on campaign and addresses brother's comments

3 years 3 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, August 10 2019 Aug 10, 2019 August 10, 2019 3:07 PM August 10, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

ASCENSION PARISH- Rick Webre released a statement Saturday addressing his campaign for Ascension Parish President and his brother Sheriff Bobby Webre's comments stating, "Right now, we are positioned on two ends of a political spectrum."

Webre stated that he believes he's the only person capable of leading the ethical and needed changes for Ascension parish. He went on to state that he wants to continue to serve the community by running for parish president.

The statement comes just days after he qualified for the race. At that time, Sheriff Bobby Webre, currently running a campaign of his own for the Sheriff position full-time, said he had no prior knowledge that his brother had interest in running for Parish President.

Rick Webre did not ignore the situation with his brother Sheriff Bobby Webre who commented on Thursday that he did not support Rick's decision. Webre stating he does love his brother and expected him to stay neutral. 

The statement read the following: 

"Furthermore, I would like to address the current situation many of you have raised concerns regarding the campaign of my brother, Sheriff Bobby Webre. I love my brother, and that will never change, regardless of an election.  Right now, we are positioned on two ends of a political spectrum.  My brother has the luxury to be conservative.  His strategy is to improve an already high performing organization, in which he was a key player in developing over the past thirty plus years.  He is a very well trained and experienced law enforcement professional in charge of some of the most innovative and forward thinking deputies that I have ever seen.  However, he’s not in charge of Ascension Parish Government.  He is not responsible for leading its personnel or decision making, and he does not control its revenue or resources.

As with the public, I feel that my brother sees only a glazed over version of how poorly parish government is lead, managed, and resourced I know what parish government looks like behind the curtains."

Sheriff Bobby Webre said Thursday he was caught off-guard by his brother's decision to run for parish president and that he will not support his campaign. The sheriff said Thursday that he plans to stay impartial in Rick Webre's bid.

News broke Thursday that Rick Webre intended to run for the parish presidency. Bobby Webre said he learned about his brother's decision to run the same time as everyone else.

You can read the full statement below.

"I learned for the first time this morning after he qualified that my brother Rick Webre is running for Parish President. I immediately met with him and let him know that I do not support his decision to run. I want to reiterate my statement from earlier this year: I am running in my own race on my own merits. I will not support or endorse any other candidate in any other race, including my brother."

Sheriff Webre, who's been serving in an interim capacity, will appear on the same ballot as his brother this fall as he attempts to win a full term.

It's been expected for some time that current parish president Kenny Matassa will not run for re-election.

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