class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-45427″ src=”http://klax-tv.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/angelinaIles.jpg” alt=”angelinaIles” width=”177″ height=”225″ />Civic and community activist and leader Angelina Iles will be a candidate for the District D seat on the Rapides Parish Police Jury in the October 24 election. Iles, a retired Rapides Parish School Board employee and mother of four, is the founder of Pineville Concerned Citizens. Through that group, Iles has channeled community interest and activism into a broad range of activities ranging from neighborhood improvement and fighting crime to fighting to save Huey P. Long Hospital and other healthcare needs of the citizens of District D.
“My years of working in our community have shown me how important it is to have elected officials who are committed to advancing the needs of the community,” Iles said. “I have been extremely disappointed with the passive attitude that the Rapides Parish Policy Jury has taken toward the healthcare access crisis that has developed in Rapides since the closure of Huey P. Long Hospital. They are the elected leaders of this parish and they have sat idly by while those of us in the community fought to preserve our access to basic healthcare.
“I am seeking the District D seat on the Rapides Parish Police Jury to bring the voices of our community into the highest level of government in this parish,” Iles continued. “This is our parish, too. Our voices matter and must be heard.”
Angelina Iles organized the Enough Is Enough rallies to save the LSU Hospital System in 2013 which included rallies in Pineville and across Central Louisiana. It culminated with a rally on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol in April that drew more than 1,500 people. She has been active in a broad range of civic and social organizations, including: Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary; Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver; Red Cross Shelter Manager; Committee member Turning Point Battered Women’s Shelter; Neighborhood Watch Association; CENLA Pride/Keep America Beautiful. She was a recipient of the 2009 Woman of Distinction award, a past recipient of the Trailblazers of Liberty Award, and of an Outstanding Service Award from the Family Counseling Agency. Ms. Iles also sponsors an annual school supply drive donation campaign in Pineville.