POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT: Matassa seeks re-election to Gonzales City Council District A

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Kenny Matassa

Incumbent Kenny Matassa has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Gonzales City Council’s Division A seat, which will be decided in the Oct. 4 parishwide election.

The 58-year old Democrat stressed that his 12 years as a councilman is extremely important in this election.

“With the decision by the mayor and two councilman not to seek re-election, I represent experienced leadership when needed most,” Matassa said.

Matassa said that the city has realized many significant improvements during his three terms including the award-winning Jambalaya Park and spray park, Olympic-style pool and additional enhancements to recreational facilities. In addition to quality of life improvement, he said, the city has also seen a dramatic increase in manpower and high tech equipment and facilities for its police and fire departments.

As a fire department commissioner, Matassa said he takes special pride that the city’s fire rating improved from a 4 to a 2, resulting in insurance savings for residents and businesses.

“I am strongly committed to continued improvements in public services as long as they are accomplished with fiscal responsibility,” Matassa said.

Matassa has been employed by the Parish of Ascension for the past 15 years and is currently the director of the parish health department and supervisor of utilities. He has also owned and operated the former Guiseppe’s Restaurant and was a seven year member of Carpenter’s Local 2258.

Matassa’s community service background includes serving as a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 2657, as a member of several ministries at St. Theresa Catholic Church, as president of the church’s St. Joseph’s Altar Society and a past president of the St. Theresa School Board.

Matassa and his wife of 37 years, Selma, have three children, daughter-in-law and one granddaughter.

“I humbly ask the citizens of the City of Gonzales to consider a vote for my continued leadership Oct. 4,” Matassa said.