District 1 resident and local business leader Doug Harvey announces his candidacy for Monroe City Council. Harvey is seeking the seat vacated by current councilman Michael Echols, who takes office in mid-January as State Representative for District 14.
Harvey is plant manager for Drax Biomass’s Urania facility and has previously served in the same capacity in their Bastrop facility. He has been a supporter of local workforce development and has served on the advisory board for Louisiana Delta Community College’s manufacturing
programs. He has previous experience as a small business owner and currently as a real estate investor. Harvey also serves on the board of Louisiana Catalyst, a small business incubator housed in downtown Monroe.
“My family and I love this community, and we believe it has a lot to offer to the citizens of Monroe,” said Harvey. “We should be taking steps to increase our population, but instead are seeing our population decrease as friends and neighbors choose to leave Monroe and move to other communities. We have to be willing to put in the work to reshape our neighborhoods and get back on track. I plan to do that as councilman for District 1.”
“We have many projects that still need to be finished, and we are going to have to push to get the results we want. We have levels of crime that are not acceptable for the citizens of our city and our citizens still feel the scars from flooding that must be addressed through infrastructure improvements.
Harvey has made community and civic involvement a priority in his time in Monroe. He is a recipient of the Chamber’s Top 20 under 40 award, and a recent graduate of Leadership Ouachita. Harvey enjoys giving back in a multitude of ways. He is a volunteer at the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, and as race director for the Monroe Turkey Trot, Harvey has
arranged for the proceeds to benefit the Food Bank this year. He also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Louisiana and is a member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce.
Doug is married to Jodi Harvey. They have two children, Katelyn and Connor.