Ronnie Broughton

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Ronnie Lavelle Broughton


District 8 member of the
Webster Parish School Board
In office
April 2003 – January 2020
Preceded by Sue Beck

Born September 23, 1941
Magnolia, Arkansas
Died January 12, 2020 (aged 78)
Minden, Louisiana
Resting place New Hope Cemetery in Athens in Claiborne Parish
Political party Republican-turned-
Constitution Party
Spouse(s) Glenda Sherrill Broughton
Children Aleece Broughton Sones

Jason Karlisle Broughton
Brett Powell
Parents:
Elmon Ernest and Edna Arena Kirkpatrick Broughton

Occupation Businessman
Religion Presbyterian

Ronnie Lavelle Broughton (September 23, 1941 – January 12, 2020) [1] [2] was a businessman and local politician from Minden, Louisiana, who was the state chairman of the Constitution Party, a paleoconservative minor party in the United States. A former Republican, Broughton was a four-term member of the Webster Parish School Board, of which he has also been the board president. [3][4]

Background

Broughton was the third of five children of the former Edna Arena Kirkpatrick (1915-2001) [5] and Elmon Ernest Broughton (1914-2009), a native of rural Hico in Lincoln Parish and son of James Claude Broughton (1880-1931) and the former Nola Womack. [6] Elmon Broughton was a driller in the oilfields and also raised hay for cattle feed. Broughton was primarily reared in Homer in Claiborne Parish, where for two decades Elmon and Edna Broughton operated the former Purple Cow restaurant, a popular community gathering spot. [6]

Broughton and his two older siblings, Ernest Carrol Broughton (1934-2018) of Bremen, Georgia, and Lawana June Weaver (1938-2011) of Minden, were born in Magnolia in Columbia County in southern Arkansas. [2] His two younger brothers were born in Homer. Barry Lynn Broughton (1951-1980) served in the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War. John Randall "Randy"Broughton (born November 1953), still resides in Homer. Elmon, Edna, and Barry Broughton are interred at Arlington Cemetery in Homer, the resting place of many notable individuals of Claiborne Parish. [6] Broughton graduated in 1959 from Homer High School [7] and attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, studies and dates of attendance not specified. [8]

Broughton has also lived in Metairie in suburban Jefferson Parish outside New Orleans, dates not specified. [9] He served in the United States Army and the Louisiana National Guard. After military service, he worked for an electric product manufacturer who serviced major industries across the state. [10]

A long-term Minden resident, Broughton over the years has been affiliated with Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Boy Scouts, Lions International, the United Way (a large donor to Planned Parenthood), and the Webster Parish Fair Committee. [11] He was an independent agent at Realty Marketplace. [12] Broughton was married to the former Glenda Sherrill (born September 1945), [13] daughter of Glenn Sherrill (1910-1993) and Lola M. Sherrill (1911-1981), who are interred at Old Athens Cemetery in Athens in Claiborne Parish. [14] The Broughtons have two children, Jennifer Aleece Broughton Sones (born March 1971) and Jason Karlisle Broughton (born August 1976). A third son mentioned in his obituary is Brett Powell. [9] [1] Broughton was an elder of the Minden Presbyterian Church. [15]

Political life

Broughton was a former president and the current District 8 member of the 12-person Webster Parish School Board, first elected without opposition after redistricting in 2003. [16] Unopposed for his fourth term on the board in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 4, 2014, [4] he was one of two members of the Constitution Party to hold office in Louisiana; the other is Police Chief Randy Fontenot of Eunice in St. Landry Parish. [17] Broughton said the school board under his presidency had worked "on the path to improving our education system, classroom by classroom, and closing the chapter on federal intervention in our classrooms." [18]

Broughton is a former elected member of the 144-member Louisiana Republican State Central Committee for House District 10. In 2000 and 2004, he was the chairman in Webster Parish for the successful presidential campaigns of George W. Bush. [11] In 2007, Broughton as a conservative Republican unsuccessfully challenged then state Representative Jean Doerge, a Democrat, for reelection to the District 10 seat in the state House which she had held since the death in 1998 of her husband, Everett Doerge. Broughton polled 35.2 percent of the ballots cast in a three-candidate field. [19] When Doerge was term-limited, Broughton ran again for representative as a Republican in 2011 in a four-candidate field and finished last with 12.6 percent of the vote. Victory went to Doerge's endorsed candidate, Democrat Gene Reynolds of Dubberly in Webster Parish, who resigned the seat in 2019. [20]

Broughton listed his legislative campaign priorities had he been elected in 2011 as:

Individual enterprise and small businesses [as] the core engine of our economic recovery and growth. We can strengthen our economy by fighting for sensible taxes on wages and business earnings, rewarding businesses that create private-sector jobs, and eliminating regulations that hamper growth and impose unnecessary cost. It is not enough to grow the economy today. We must provide a high-quality education for all Louisianans in order to succeed in the future. ... Louisiana's students of today are its businessmen and women, its leaders and its families of tomorrow.

[We need] better opportunities for the citizens of our district, our state and our country. We deserve better. Smaller government is better—Local control is better—Parental choice for schools is better—Safer drug-free communities are better—Growing job opportunities are better ... [16]

In 2013, Broughton was president of the Webster Parish Tea Party Patriots. He joined Brent Bozell, III, of the Media Research Center and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in demanding that the national media cover the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of the income tax returns of conservative activists. It was noted that the media had spent far more time on the birth of the royal baby than the IRS scandal. [10] [21]

On July 25, 2015, Broughton hosted a Constitution Party forum at Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville, in which a retired Baptist minister, Scott Copeland, a Mississippi native who resides in Weatherford, Texas, west of Fort Worth, was the speaker. Copeland was a candidate for the 2016 Constitution Party presidential nomination, but Darrell Castle of Tennessee was selected at the convention held in Salt Lake City, Utah. [22] At the Pineville gathering, Broughton said that he had seen many failures in his former Republican Party: "We [Constiution Party] like to say we don’t have a platform. We have the Constitution. ... let's get back to the Constitution." [3] Broughton added, "The Constitution Party found me. It’s exactly what I think we should be doing as a country." [3]

Broughton ran without opposition in 2018 for reelection to the Webster Parish School Board. He served a year of his fifth term.

References

1.^ Ronnie Lavelle obituary, Minden Press-Herald, January 14, 2020.
2.^ a b "James Claude Broughton: Elmon Ernest Broughton," oocities.org. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
3.^ a b c "Constitution Party meets possible presidential nominee," Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
4.^ a b "Shake up for district 4, 5, 6 school board seats, Minden Press-Herald, November 5, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
5.^ "Edna A. Kirkpatrick Broughton". findagrave.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
6.^ a b c "Elmon Ernest Broughton," The Shreveport Times on findagrave, September 29, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
7.^ "Ronnie Broughton (Class of 1959)," classmates.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
8.^ "Ronnie Broughton". Facebook. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
9.^ a b Ronnie L. Broughton, intelius.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
10.^ a b "Mr. Ronnie L. Broughton, President Webster Tea Party Patriots," zoominfo.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
11.^ a b Ronnie Broughton, Project Vote Smart. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
12.^ Ronnie Broughton, linkedin.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
13.^ Glenda Broughton, September 1945, Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
14.^ Glenn Sherrill, Homer Guardian-Journal on findagrave.com., April 22, 1993. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
15.^ "Leadership: The Session," mindenpresbyterianchurch.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
16.^ a b "Ronnie Broughton," ballotpedia.org. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
17.^ Election Results: Eunice Chief Of Police, Louisiana Secretary of State, December 6, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 18.^ Minden Press-Herald, July 8, 2011.
19.^ Election Returns, Louisiana Secretary of State, October 20, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
20.^ Election Returns, Louisiana Secretary of State. October 22, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
21.^ "186 Conservative and Tea Party Leaders Join Bozell, Limbaugh to Demand Media Stop Censoring IRS Scandal: Royal baby gets more coverage in three days than IRS scandal in over ten weeks," Media Research Center, July 29, 2013.
22.^ "Constitution Party Nominee Acceptance Speech," C-SPAN.org [1], April 16, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2017.