Lawrence Henagan is announcing his intention to seek re-election as Mayor in the upcoming election. He is currently in his second term as Mayor.
Henagan began serving the city as District 3 councilman 16 years ago and was elected Mayor eight years ago. For the past six years, he has been elected yearly as the Louisiana Municipal Association District G Vice President. He has served on the Louisiana Municipal Gas Association board for eight years.
He has been employed by Union Pacific Railroad for the past 37 years, 35 as a Locomotive Engineer. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and has represented that organization as Legislative Liaison for several years.
Experiences as an engineer have led him to promote railroad crossing safety by speaking to student and adult groups and mentoring new volunteers through a joint endeavor by Operation Lifesaver International and Union Pacific Railroad. He has volunteered for Operation Lifesaver for 15 years.
He is a member of First Baptist Church of DeQuincy. He has served as a deacon for the past 24 years, has been a member and chairman of the personnel committee, and is currently a trustee.
He is a life-long resident of DeQuincy, and is the son of Charles Ray and Bettie Henagan. He and his wife, Della, have been married 38 years and have two grown sons, Lee and Lance and wife Krystal.
Daniel “Dan” Abdalla announces his candidacy for mayor of DeQuincy in the upcoming November election.
After being involved in the security and law enforcement fields for over 10 years, he started his own business, Cedar Tree and Company LLC, which is domiciled in DeQuincy and offers consulting, management, and training services.
His background includes experience in business, management, corrections, policing, investigations, and security. He served as the resident agent for Calcasieu, Cameron, and Beauregard Parishes in the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. His duties included government functions related to the state licensing of all alcohol and tobacco retail outlets, task force enforcement actions, and criminal investigative duties. He also held a federal commission in the Food and Drug Administration for enforcement actions related to retail tobacco sales.
He is a graduate of the Capital Area Regional (Police) Training Academy housed at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness Training Program.
He is also a former correctional officer at Phelps Correctional Center and past member of the American Correctional Association.
Abdalla, 37, is a 1995 honor graduate of DeQuincy High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University. He also attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he met his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Ferrer.
He has been a resident of DeQuincy most of his life and is the son of Abraham Abdalla and the late Tommie Linn Robinson Abdalla. His family has been part of the small business community that has served DeQuincy for three generations.
The Abdallas have four children, Callie, Thomas, Claire, and Emory and are members of Church of the King. They both serve in various departments of the church, Liz as Nursery Director and Small Groups Coordinator and Daniel in the Pastoral Care and Security Departments.