Tommy Chandler (Louisiana politician)

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Thomas Hamilton "Tommy" Hamilton, Sr.​


In office
2021​ – ​
Preceded by Lo Walker

Born March 18, 1960​
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Paula Kay Sehl Chandler
Children Thomas Chandler, Jr.

Shelby Lane Chandler

Alma mater Shreve Christian Academy

Louisiana Tech University​ Harding College
(Searcy, Arkansas)​

Occupation Businessman

T. H. Chandler Enterprises, Inc.

Religion Christian

Thomas Hamilton Chandler, Sr. known as Tommy Chandler (born March 18, 1960), is a businessman[1] who is the current 16th mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana. In the municipal election held on March 20, 2021, he unseated the four-term incumbent, Lo Walker, a fellow Republican. Chandler polled 4,623 votes (56 percent) to Walker's 3,603 (44 percent). Some 77 percent of the registered voters in Bossier City did not bother to cast a ballot in the race.[2]

Chandler graduated from Shreve Christian Academy in Shreveport and attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, and Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. In the early 1990s, he ventured from the family business, H&W Wrecking, owned by his father, Arthur Llewelyn Chandler, who died in 2014, to launch his own company, T.H. Chandler Enterprises, Inc., known for its rustic wood furnishings and décor.[3]

Chandler's platform calls for enhanced support of first responders and police officers, road repair, streamlining the flow of traffic, making the city attractive to the recruitment of businesses, elimination of wasteful government spending, and protecting the quality of the Bossier City water supply.[4]

Chandler is married to the former Paula Kay Sehl (born 1972). He is the father of Thomas Chandler, Jr. (married to Raquel Hill Chandler) and daughter Shelby Lane Chandler. He has one granddaughter, Clayton Audrey Chandler.[3]

Walker, a former Democrat, was seeking a fifth term in office. Prior to his being mayor, he had for sixteen years been the municipal chief executive officer. He congratulated Chandler on his victory and added, "I really enjoy public service and I enjoy seeing everything we have been able to accomplish over the years. Some people like to fish, hunt, but I just enjoy public service. It’s in my DNA. I’ll miss not having to work at that level.”[5]

References

  1. Thomas Chandler (Hamilton), 61 - Bossier City, LA Background Report at MyLife.com, acccessed March 22, 2021.
  2. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, March 20, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Meet Tommy Chandler (chandlerformayor.com), accessed March 22, 2021.
  4. Tommy Chandler for Bossier City Mayor (chandlerformayor.com), accessed March 22, 2021.
  5. Tommy Chandler defeats Lo Walker for Bossier City mayor (shreveporttimes.com), accessed March 22, 2021.