"It’s time for a change in Louisiana’s government! We need new perspectives, new ideas, a new vision, and a new approach to resolving our state's budget crisis. This means we must take the necessary steps to re-evaluate all programs that receive state tax dollars, including those that are written into the law and/or are functioning without oversight, accountability or efficiency. It’s too easy to cut funding to much needed programs because they can conveniently be disposed of. The idea of cutting funding for higher education and closing or consolidating state colleges should be completely off the table. Our state universities have already been impacted enough due to the condition of our economy. Instead, we should be considering ways to boost enrollment and increase graduation rates by giving our institutions of higher learning the support they so desperately need. We must work collectively and collaboratively across socio-economic and party lines to arrive at the best solution to put Louisiana first and achieve excellence for our future."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Antoine Pierce is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge.
Since his teen years, he has been a dedicated servant of his community. As one of seven children, Antoine grew up in a lower middle class home filled with love, wholesome Christian values, and an emphasis on the importance of education that as a parent he upholds today. His modest upbringing motivated him to obtain his education from Western International University where he majored in General Studies. His entrepreneurial spirit and desire to give back to his community inspired him to establish Better Boys Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the arts to develop character and bolster self esteem amongst minority and underserved young men throughout Baton Rouge. He maintains that his efforts in our community will instill a sense of pride, self worth, and determination in the youth which he hopes will inspire them to set goals and pursue their dreams. This work reflects his commitment to the use of innovation and creativity to spur economic growth of our city and state.
Antoine is a musician, actor, writer, and a lover of the arts. Throughout his life and travels, he has had opportunities to meet and converse with diverse groups of people. His exposure to people of all socio-economic backgrounds, experience as an entrepreneur and business owner, combined with love for his community, have influenced his values and motivated him to run for office in Louisiana.
Antoine is a member of Forum 35 and the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
He is the President of the Better Boys Initiative, Inc. and the Director of the Inspire Actors Association, which has a partnership with Gardere Youth Coalition/Gardere Youth Initiative.
He is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Applicant (2016).