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Secretary Ardoin announces suspension of Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting

Meet the members

Chairman Quentin Dastugue
Mr. Jason DeCuir
Dr. Mike McClanahan
Sen. Willie Mount
Hon. Becky Patin
Ms. Deborah Randolph
Hon. Jane Smith
Mr. Craig Spohn
Hon. Bridget Hanna
Rev. Gene Mills
Mr. Daryl Purpera
Ms. Jacqueline Vines
Sen. Mike Walsworth
Dr. Sandra Wilson

Chairman Quentin Dastugue

Quentin served four consecutive terms as a Louisiana State Representative and as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works. He was the only engineer in the Louisiana House for his first 10 of 16 years of service.
He was responsible for the passage of the landmark legislation establishing the state Transportation Trust Fund, which constitutionally dedicates all fuel tax revenues to exclusively fund transportation expenditures. 
In addition, he passed the establishment of the TIMED program dedicating 4 cents per gallon of new gas revenue towards the construction of 16 major transportation projects across Louisiana.
He was known for his continuous efforts to reform the flood control system in the state and specifically levee boards.
Quentin attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He is a graduate of the Loyola University Institute of Politics and was awarded one of eleven prestigious “Legislator of the Year” national awards in 1994. He was inducted into the DOTD Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2019 was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation from Georgia Tech in 1977, he returned to his native New Orleans and assumed a position as Commercial Leasing Manager for Medallion Management, Inc. with responsibilities for office buildings and shopping centers.
As one of the founding partners of Property One, Inc., Quentin is the Chief Executive Officer. His forty years in commercial real estate have included property management, leasing, investment sales, development, construction project management and consulting.
Quentin has served on numerous civic organizations and real estate industry committees and has received many honors, including the Jefferson Board of Realtors “Realtor Associate of the Year.”  Quentin served on the Board of Directors of WYES Public Television, the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Audubon Institute, the Board of Directors of the Idea Village and the Board of Directors of the City Energy Club.
He has been a basketball & softball coach for over 16 years and is married to Penny Matherne Dastugue with three grown daughters and one grandson. Quentin also has a daughter and two granddaughters.

Mr. Jason DeCuir

Jason M. DeCuir, MBA, JD, LLM, is Co-owner and Partner with Advantous Consulting, LLC, a leading tax services firm in Louisiana, which uniquely delivers customizable, end-to-end solutions that range from turnkey compliance services to high-level planning and advisory consulting. Prior to joining Advantous, he was principal at a global tax services firm. He also served as Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary and Executive Counsel at the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) during his tenure from 2011 – 2014. In these roles, he was an advisor to three Secretaries and to the Governor on legal and policy issues affecting state taxation.
While at LDR, Mr. DeCuir was responsible for the Litigation, Policy Services, Criminal Investigation, and Public Affairs Division. He also oversaw all legislative matters with respect to tax policy and was actively involved with national organizations such as FTA, MTC, COST and SEATA. In 2013, DeCuir was tasked by the Governor to help spearhead his tax reform efforts. In this role, he was instrumental in reforming the structure for tax appeals in the state of Louisiana, increasing the state’s COST scorecard from a “D-” to a “B.”
Mr. DeCuir, a national expert in the field of state and local tax policy, has been practicing in the tax arena for over 20 years and is a fixture in Louisiana, representing businesses across all industry sectors related to complex tax matters. He is also one of the state’s foremost policy experts within the walls of the State Capitol, advocating for sound tax policy ideas and reforms.
Mr. DeCuir has been appointed to serve on the following councils and commissions: LABI’s Taxation & Finance Issue Council (Chairman), the Louisiana Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission, the Louisiana Tax Institute, the Louisiana Task Force on Structural Change in Budget and Tax Policy (HCR 11), the PAR Constitutional Advisory Council, the PAR Tax Advisory Committee, the Mississippi Department of Revenue Business Advisory Council, and served on a Governor’s fiscal transition team to advise on budgetary and tax issues. DeCuir was named Chair of the Louisiana Economic Recovery Task Force by Senate President Page Cortez and Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder. In this role, he was charged with restarting our economy due to the impacts of COVID-19. Most recently, he was appointed the Chair of the HR 31 Centralized Sales and Use Tax Administration Study Group, enacted during the 2020 special session, which will formulate legislation to centralize Louisiana’s sales tax collection system.
Mr. DeCuir is a frequent lecturer on state and local tax policy at national tax conferences around the country, including: Council on State Taxation (COST), Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), Multi-State Tax Commission (MTC), Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators (SEATA), etc. It is also common for Mr. DeCuir to appear on state and local television and radio shows as an expert on tax matters.
Mr. DeCuir’s previous experience in the private sector includes being a tax attorney and partner in several law firms and the founder of a consulting firm that specialized in tax advocacy and governmental affairs for companies across multiple industry sectors. Mr. DeCuir has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University where he was an Academic All-American and a 4-year letterman as a place-kicker. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University, a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. DeCuir has served on the Boards of Baton Rouge Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, Inspire Charter Academy, LABI, Salvation Army, and Young Leaders Academy. He is also a member of the Federal, State and Local Bar Associations in Louisiana. In his spare time, Mr. DeCuir enjoys golfing, boating and is a color commentator for high school football on a major television network in Louisiana.

Dr. Mike McClanahan

Over the last 30+ years Michael McClanahan has successfully worked on several campaigns.  That experience was beneficial in him being elected then as the NAACP Baton Rouge Branch President. Michael now serves in the capacity of NAACP Louisiana State Conference President. As State President, he oversees the coordination of over 30 adult branches and youth and college chapters all over the great state of Louisiana. Michael was recently elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors. 
He is employed as a Home Manager at Harmony II with Harmony Center Incorporated.  In his role he provides supervision and direct care to mentally challenged adult males.  Much of this experience was obtained when he co-founded M & T Outpatient Rehab Center for the treatment of alcohol and drugs. He also operates M&T Corner, a small home repair company.
He has always had a passion for teaching and developing youth.  Coupled with compassion, his teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct professor at Southern University, Operations Manager for an after school and summer camp program, and developing and implementing job training skills programs. Mike just kicked off a partnership with Acadian Ambulance to train and hire 100 persons to become emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics.
His community affiliations includes several but he currently serves on the Governor’s La COVID-19 Health Equity Taskforce as well as The Legislative Police Training, Screening and De-escalation Taskforce.
He is a member at the Church of Life Fellowship Baptist Church where he diligently serves in several capacities.  He is a deacon, co-chair of the men’s ministry, governing board member and serves on the evangelistic outreach ministry. 
Of all his many accomplishments, he is most noted for his service and countless efforts to the community as the Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. 
Michael is a 1983 graduate of Zwolle High School, a 1986 and 1987 graduate of The Southern University and a 1990 graduate of The Southern University Law Center. 
He is married to the lovely Patricia and together they have two wonderful children: Ymine and Torin.

Sen. Willie Mount

A Lake Charles native, Willie Landry Mount is proud to call Southwest Louisiana home.  She is a graduate of Lake Charles High School and McNeese State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by McNeese State University.
In 1993, Willie was elected the first female Mayor of Lake Charles.  After serving over six years as Mayor, Willie became the first woman elected as a Louisiana State Senator from District 27 in 1999.  She served three terms in the Senate, where she held a variety of leadership roles, including Chair of Health and Welfare Committee and Chair of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee.
Willie has received distinguished awards from numerous community organizations, including McNeese State University Alumni, Women’s Commission of SWLA, the Kiwanis Club and the NAACP.  Willie was honored as a Pinnacle Light of Hope recipient from Family and Youth and Louisiana Community Leader of the Year from Cenikor.  Willie is – and always has been – active in a variety of civic and community betterment projects.
Willie currently serves on the Library Board of Control for the Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Lakeside Bank Board of Directors, Lake Charles Country Club Board of Directors, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors, Community Foundation of SWLA Board, Cenikor Board of Directors, SWLA Convention and Visitors Board of Directors and McNeese State University Foundation Board of Directors. Willie has embraced leadership roles as the presiding Chair of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Chair of the Calcasieu Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

Hon. Becky Patin

Clerk of Court Becky Patin is a lifelong resident of St. Martin Parish.  She is the mother of three and grandmother of seven. 
Patin has 45 years total experience with the St. Martin Parish Clerk of Court’s office.  Twenty of those years were as Supervisor, one year as Chief Deputy, and eleven and a half years as Clerk of Court.  Patin is a Certified Clerk of Court, having fulfilled all requirements for Louisiana State Certification as established by the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.  She represented District 3 as a Board Member of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.
Patin is active in her community.  She is a member of the Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Martinville Chamber of Commerce, serving previously as President, Vice President,  and currently as a Board Member of the St. Martinville Chamber of Commerce.  She is a member of the St. Martinville Rotary Club, currently serving as Secretary; Board Member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Martinville; and a member of AARP.  She is a parishioner of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, where she is a Eucharistic Minister and member of St. Martha’s Guild.  She volunteers weekly at the St. Teresa Center for the Works of Mercy, serving the underprivileged of her community.
As her parish’s chief elections official, Patin serves as President of the St. Martin Parish Board of Election Supervisors.  She takes the integrity of all elections - big or small - very seriously.  She is active in the training of Election Day commissioners.  On Election Day, she is always available to handle any issue.  As President of the Board of Election Supervisors, she is responsible for the tallying and reporting of early votes and Election Day votes.  It is important that all voters have the best voting experience possible and have confidence in the election process.  It is her hope that the Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting will help the voters of Louisiana continue to exercise their right to vote with confidence that "Your Vote Counts"!

Ms. Deborah Randolph

Deborah Broussard Randolph, IOM has served as President of the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce since August of 2011. 
During her tenure at the Chamber, membership has increased from 800 members to 1,200 and the Central LA Regional Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber at the highest level, with 5 Star Distinction. The Chamber has enhanced member services, established itself as the leading voice for business and industry in the region and celebrated the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary. Deborah earned a credential in Non-Profit Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management in July of 2015. Deborah has served on the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100 Chamber Presidents since 2015. She served as the 2018 President of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE).
Deborah began her career path in television news. Then, in the early nineties, she began a new career when she was hired to develop a government relations program for the Christus Health system hospitals and remained with the organization for 11 years. In 2005 she opened her own government relations consulting firm, which she operated until accepting the position as Chamber President in 2011. 
Deborah is an active community leader and volunteer. She serves on the Louisiana Military Advisory Council, having been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards. She also serves on the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, the Rapides Parish Workforce Development Board, the Louisiana State University of Alexandria Foundation Board of Directors and the Rapides Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. She is a member of Downtown Alexandria Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She is a former Chairman of the Board of Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. 
In March of 2019, Deborah was named one of Central Louisiana’s Wonder Women by Cenla Focus Magazine. Deborah was honored in 2015 as a Distinguished Woman of the Year at the YWCA’s Decades of Women. She was named Civic Leader of the year in 2013 by the Knights of Columbus in Central Louisiana. In August of 2012, Deborah was honored as a Hero of Fort Polk, by the Commanding General. In 2005, she was named one of 10 Women of Excellence in the community by The Town Talk newspaper. She was also honored that year by the Alexandria Human Relations Commission for helping to promote better understanding and quality of life in the community.
Deborah is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She and her husband, the late Ned Randolph, the former Mayor of Alexandria and former State Senator and State Representative, have three children and five grandchildren. 

Hon. Jane Smith

Jane Holland Smith served as State Representative for District 8 in Bossier Parish for 12 years, during which time she served as a member of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee and Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. She also served as Chair of the House Republican Delegation from 2008-2012.
Former Representative Smith has also been appointed to the Board of Ethics, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), Deputy Secretary at the Department of Revenue, and has served as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of schools in Bossier Parish. 
Smith is married to Scott Smith and resides in Bossier City. They are members of First Baptist Bossier and Mrs. Smith currently serves as President of the Republican Women of Bossier.

Mr. Craig Spohn

Craig C. Spohn has worked in the Information Technology field for thirty-nine years and has experience in international, commercial, and federal government markets. In 2007, Craig was named the Executive Director of the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC). The CIC is a public/private initiative with a mission to create a knowledge-based workforce and diversify the region’s economic base. The CIC accomplishes this by promoting research, education, and innovation and fostering collaborative and strategic alliances between government, industry, and academia.
Before serving as Executive Director of the CIC, Craig was with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he served as Vice President for Middle East Business and coordinated SAIC’s  Saudi Arabian business as General Manager of the Saudi Joint Venture.
Mr. Spohn is married with three children.

Hon. Bridget Hanna

Bridget has been employed by the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court for over 37 years. She began her career with the Clerk’s Office by working as a Court Minute Clerk, was promoted to Supervisor in 1989, and Chief Deputy Clerk in 2004. She was sworn in as Clerk of Court on February 2, 2015 becoming the first female Clerk of Court in Ascension Parish.  She was unopposed in October 2015 and again in October 2019 and elected to serve a new four year term. 
Bridget is a Certified Clerk of Court presently serving as President of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.  She is a member of the International Association of Government Officials, The Election Center, Property Records Industry Association, East Ascension Rotary Club, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, and the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce. She is President of the Ascension Parish Board of Election Supervisors and a past Chairwoman for the Ascension Chamber of Commerce as well as past President of the East Ascension Rotary Club. She serves on numerous committees for the 23rd Judicial District Court and the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.  
A life-long resident of Ascension Parish, she is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Ascension. In 2009 she received the Chamber of Commerce Individual of the Year Award as well as the Ambassador of the Year Award. In 2011 she was named New Rotarian of the Year by the East Ascension Rotary Club. In 2018 she was again honored to receive the Chamber of Commerce Individual of the Year Award.   She volunteers her time by serving on numerous committees in Ascension Parish. 

Rev. Gene Mills

President of Louisiana Family Forum Gene Mills brings 30 plus years of experience working on issues involving life, liberty, and limited government in the Louisiana political landscape. Mills has directed the activities of Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), a non-profit research and education organization since its inception in 1997, providing “a Voice for Traditional Families” in Louisiana. 
LFF’s network includes the State Policy Network, Washington D.C. based Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family, and forty state-level family policy councils nationwide. 
His close working relationship with hundreds of pastors has served as a catalyst for faith-based institutions to engage the culture and help restore timeless principles in the political arena. Mills is a regular guest in media venues throughout Louisiana and uses this outlet to voice a message of courage and community connectedness. 
Bringing a commitment to family and public service, Mills has been married 35 years to Blanche Bollich Mills. Together, they enjoy the blessings of five sons, three daughters, and two grandchildren.

Mr. Daryl Purpera

Daryl Purpera earned his undergraduate degree from LSU in 1983 in Accounting and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Andersonville Seminary in 2005. Daryl served in the Louisiana Legislative Auditors Office from 1985 to March 2021 in many capacities including financial audits, fraud investigations, First Assistant Legislative Auditor and these past eleven years as the Legislative Auditor.  Mr. Purpera has testified in many legislative committees including the Louisiana Legislature and the US House and Senate.  In addition, Daryl served on various committees and as Chairman of the Medicaid Fraud Detection and Prevention committee, the Public Employees Retirement System Actuarial Committee, and the Fiscal Review Committee.

Ms. Jacqueline Vines

Jacquline Vines Wyatt of Prairieville is the former senior vice president and regional manager for Cox Communications’ Southeast Region. Ms. Wyatt received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Redlands. She currently serves as an At-Large member on the Board of Regents.

Sen. Mike Walsworth

Senator Mike Walsworth is a lifelong resident of West Monroe. He graduated from West Monroe High School as well as Northeast Louisiana University (ULM). He was first elected to public office in 1995 to the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 15, and was reelected in 1999 and 2003. In 2007, he successfully ran for the Senate District 33 seat which is comprised of Claiborne, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Union and West Carroll parishes. He was reelected in 2011 and in 2015. He served as chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, the Legislative Audit Advisory Committee, and the Senate Homeland Security Committee. In addition, he also served as a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, the Senate Education Committee, and served as a member of House and Senate Governmental Affairs Committees the entire 24 years of service in the Legislature. Senator Walsworth is the former chairman of the Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation. He has won numerous pro-business, economic development, early childhood education, pro-family, and school-based health center awards. The Senator has a daughter, Lindsay Chaney, son-in-law Michael Chaney, a son Corbin Walsworth, and two grandsons, Connor and Oliver and a granddaughter Rachel. 

Dr. Sandra Wilson

Dr. Sandra L. Wilson was appointed Registrar of Voters for Orleans Parish by the New Orleans City Council on August 4, 2006. Prior to her appointment, she was employed by the Louisiana Secretary of State, where she, among other things, was responsible for an initiative to digitize voter registration records statewide. Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Education Outreach for a software development company.
Dr. Wilson served as Director of Community/Education Outreach for the Louisiana Department of Elections and Registration and subsequently served as the Assistant Director of Community/Outreach for the Office of the Secretary of State.
Dr. Wilson served as an administrator, principal and teacher in the Orleans Parish School District.
A New Orleans native, Dr. Wilson holds a PhD in education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s of Science in education from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts in education from Dillard University. Dr. Wilson has served on various city and education boards.