District C city councilman-elect credits community concern for win

Published 8:24 am Monday, November 10, 2014

Brian McCree attributed his victory in Tuesday’s City Council District C primary to the voters’ familiarity with him and his overall concern for the community.

In his first attempt for public office, McCree defeated incumbent Oneita Graham. McCree garnered 424 votes, or 59.1 percent. Graham, who is serving her second term, had 293 votes, or 40.8 percent.

McCree served 25 years with the Fire Department before he retired. He has coached Little League Baseball in the community for 15 years.

“A lot of people know me. They know I’m very honest and very trustworthy,” McCree said. “I think that was what got me elected. I did it because people thought I’d make a good candidate because of my honesty. I’ve coached a lot of their kids and grandkids, and I guess they saw honesty, integrity and respect in me. I’m for all the people. I’m seen in the community a lot. They know they can get in touch with me. I’m available to everybody.”

McCree said he would like to see Bogalusa get more recreational activities for young and old.

“I’m looking forward to working with the council and to try and get something done for the youth,” McCree said. “I would like to see a place for people to go and bowl. I would like to see a place to go and skate. I would like to go to a movie theater right here in town where you won’t have to go out of town. I want to know the ideas of the other Council members.”

McCree said the Fire Department is an important part of the community.

“I’m hearing they’re wanting to close the Fire Department down,” McCree said. “I’m a big advocate of the Fire Department. The Fire Department has helped countless people, and we need to keep our guys working.”

Graham has served two separate terms on the council.

Despite the loss, she said she still wants to assist the city in any way possible.

“Mr. McCree won the election for District C, and I’ll do anything I can to support him,” Graham said. “I love Bogalusa and will do anything I can to help.”

Graham said she had no regrets.

“I’m satisfied with my service on the council,” Graham said. “I’m pleased with the things we got accomplished while I’ve been on there. I’ve served everybody.”