Chad Conerly, a retired Air Force Colonel from Kentwood, qualified to run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District in the March 20th special election.
Conerly said he is running because he is a political outsider with the leadership credentials and extensive federal budget experience to lead on day one. Conerly said he is 100% pro-life, pro-second amendment, and keenly focused on jobs, deregulation, rural infrastructure, and economic development.
Conerly was born in Alexandria and raised in Kentwood. Over an extensive 22-year military career, he developed and managed annual operating budgets ranging from $145 million to $7 billion; led complex cost analysis and contracting organizations; managed weapon system acquisition programs; and is well versed in all aspects of the federal budget. He is an Iraq war veteran and has commanded two Air Force squadrons.
For the last 6 years, he has helped manage his family’s farm in northern Tangipahoa parish. He’s married to the former Candice King from New Roads, Louisiana and they have two sons, Tyler and Brandon.