The Political seasaon is in full gear with elections coming up and another Lake area resident has announced his candidacy for office.

The latest is the owner of the Harlequin steak house in Lake Charles.

Nicholas “Nic” Hunter, announced his candidacy for the District 5 seat on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

“Through the school of hard knocks, I’ve learned how to run a business, and I’ve learned fiscal conservatism. I’ve found out how much I genuinely love Southwest Louisiana, and discovered that I can make a very real difference,” Hunter said. “I’ve decided that I want to work for the good of Calcasieu Parish as a police juror.”

Hunter is running for the District 5 seat, held now by Dr. Charles Mackey, who has served since 1985. “Dr. Mackey has been an outstanding police juror and a selfless public servant," Hunter said. "I’m honored and humbled to know that he is supporting me for this position.”

Hunter, 27, is a lifelong resident of Calcasieu Parish. He is owner of Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, which he has managed full-time since the age of 17. He has used the Harlequin as a means of giving back to the community, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes. His efforts resulted in Family & Youth Counseling Agency naming him “Philanthropist of the Year” in 2011. The Times of Southwest Louisiana selected him as an “Up and Coming Under 40” in 2009; the Association of Fundraising Professionals SWLA Chapter named him a National Philanthropy Day 2011 honoree; and the Lake Charles Mayor’s Armed Forces Committee named him “Patriot of the Year” for 2011.

Hunter is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School and McNeese State University with a B.A. in history. He is currently working on a second degree at McNeese, a B.S. in government.

Source: Jen Breen O'Carroll Group