Ascension Assessor Smiley to speak at Roundtable

Mert Smiley

Ascension Assessor, M.J. “Mert” Smiley, Jr., will be the keynote speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women.The Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Brew-Bachers's Grill, 909 E. Ascension St., Gonzales, LA 70737  (Behind the Gonzales Piccadilly)  (11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.– Registration and Socializing; Noon – Meeting)

A native of Ascension Parish, Smiley served two terms (2003–2012) in the Louisiana Legislature (LA House District 88) before his successful bid in 2011 for the Ascension Assessor’s office.  He is the first Republican in more than 60 years to serve in that position.

Cost for the meal is $14, ice tea, tax and gratuity included.  The Roundtable is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. Phone 225-644-5728 or e-mail:

 A drawing will be held at the meeting for admittance to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on May 29 – 31.  The drawing prize is valued at $119 and tickets for the drawing are $3 each or two for $5.

 ARW’s current theme for the St. Theresa Food Bank, is “Red Beans and Rice” featuring Louisiana products. Members and guests are asked to bring either dried or canned red or white beans and packages of rice to this and any ARW event