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Windell Curole
South Lafourche Levee District

Windell A. Curole has worked as the General Manager of the South Lafourche Levee District for the past 33 years overseeing hurricane and flood protection projects. He has worked to negotiate and administer cost share agreements and grants on federal, state, and local levels worth millions of dollars in several areas which include flood related, environmental and cultural activities.

His past experience as Assistant Director for the Lafourche Parish Emergency Preparedness made him responsible for making the decision of when to evacuate the citizens of South Lafourche when faced with approaching hurricanes or tropical storms.

Mr. Curole has spent the past 37 years working on coastal issues for South Louisiana. His involvement in coastal activities has led him to serve on various committees and organizations including the Governor’s Coastal Restoration and Conservation Advisory Commission (2002 – 2006) and presently the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He also served on the Lafourche Parish Coastal Zone Management Committee for over 13 years and was the CZM Administrator. In addition, Mr. Curole served as Chairman of the Management Conference for Barataria Terrebonne Estuary Program for seven years, is the current President of the Cheniere Hurricane Centennial, served as the Extension Service Sea Grant Agent for five years, and is a former President of the Chamber of Commerce of Lafourche and the Bayou Region. He currently serves as chairman of the local DFIRM and NFIP groups.

Mr. Curole holds a B.S. in Science of Biology and has received his teacher certification from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. His dedication in hurricane and flood protection has earned him the National Hurricane Conference Award for two years.

He is married to Julie Pellegrini Curole. He has one daughter, Alex Curole and one son, Raine Curole.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

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