2020 TRSL Board elections: Gildig & Julien re-elected to board seats
October 5, 2020Baton Rouge—Holly Bridges Gildig, M.Ed. and Ricky Julien, Sr., M.Ed. were re-elected to their trustee positions on the TRSL Board. Results of the 2020 elections were announced at the board’s October meeting.
DISTRICT 5: Holly Bridges Gildig, M.Ed., of Albany, received 59.85% of the vote. Other candidates, Chris Pealer (Monroe) and Gavin Vitter (Madisonville), received 20.82% and 19.33% of the vote, respectively.
“I appreciate the continued support of District 5 members,” said Gildig, who has served on the TRSL Board since January 2011. “The board’s top priority is to protect the interests of the retirement system and its members. I look forward to continuing this important work.”
Gildig is a 26-year veteran educator who currently teaches in the Livingston Parish School System. District 5 includes actively working TRSL members in Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Jackson, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Union, West Carroll, and West Feliciana parishes.
DISTRICT 6: Ricky Julien, Sr., M.Ed., of Sunset, was re-elected with 54.19% of the vote. John J. McCloskey, of Pineville, received 45.81% of the vote.
“I am honored that District 6 members have again chosen me to represent them on the board,” Julien said. “I am committed to doing all I can to ensure our members can count on a secure financial future with TRSL.”
Julien has 16 years of service in public education, and is currently the principal of Opelousas High School in St. Landry Parish. He has been the District 6 representative since January 2017. District 6 includes actively working TRSL members in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline, Grant, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, and Winn.
Gildig and Julien will take the oath of office for their new four-year terms in January.