EASTPAC Endorses in HD 69

Baton Rouge, La. – EASTPAC, a political action committee of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), today announced the endorsement of two candidates looking to replace retiring representative Erich Ponti who served in house district 69.

“EASTPAC seeks out candidates who support job growth policies and economic development in Louisiana,” Milton Graugnard, chair of EASTPAC, said. “We look for incumbents and candidates who reflect our beliefs as the business community.”

EASTPAC covers the great Baton Rouge area and follows the I-12 corridor stopping at Tangipahoa Parish.

EASTPAC area committee interviewed both Ryan Heck and Paula Davis for the house race. After careful consideration the committee agreed to endorse both Heck and Davis in their bid for HD 69.

PaulaDavisheadshotPaula P. Davis is a Louisiana native and has been a resident of Baton Rouge for over 24 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from LSU. Paula has been involved in Louisiana politics for over 20 years, having worked in Association Management, Governmental and Public Relations and served as the Louisiana Deputy Commissioner of Insurance.


““As the third generation of a family-owned business, I know the challenges small businesses face with the barrage of taxes, rules and regulations. This is why I’m honored to have the endorsement of the political action arm of the most prestigious business organization in Louisiana. The business community is the cornerstone of economic development and job creation in our state and I will do everything possible as state representative to keep, grow and attract new and existing businesses to our district, our region and our state,” said Paula Davis.

ryan-heck headshotRyan Heck is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of Parkview Baptist High School. He earned both an undergraduate degree in construction management and a master’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University. He currently owns and manages Cajun Ready Mix Concrete.

“As a business owner, I see everyday how burdensome regulations and excessive taxes can kill economic growth. I’m extremely proud to receive the endorsement of EASTPAC, an organization dedicated to supporting job growth policies and economic development in Louisiana. All my life I’ve been surrounded by people who taught me the secret to success — “show up early, work hard, and exceed expectations.” That’s the way I’ve succeed in life and will succeed in the legislature by continuing to challenge the status quo, fighting tax increases and working to implement innovative ways to expand Louisiana’s economy.” said Ryan Heck.

“We encourage the citizens of house district 69 to support these pro-business candidates in their efforts to win this important house seat,” said EASTPAC executive director Brian Landry.