BATON ROUGE, LA (August 20, 2019) – Three incumbent members of Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking another term in office have received the endorsements of two of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s (LABI’s) regional political action committees. SouthPAC has endorsed James Garvey (R-Metairie), and WestPAC has endorsed Dr. Holly Boffy (R-Lafayette) and Sandy Holloway (R-Thibodaux) for the October 12, 2019 election.

“Our regional PACs are proud to endorse these leaders as they seek to continue serving on our state’s school board, working to advance educational and workforce development opportunities on behalf of our children,” said Bo Staples, LABI’s Director of Political Action Committees. “When we think of policy that shapes Louisiana’s future, BESE is a key arena where our children’s future is at stake. Holly, Sandy and James work tirelessly to ensure our state provides the knowledge and skills our students need to forge a successful path in life. We urge the business community to support them in their campaigns.”

James Garvey, BESE District 1 (Endorsed by SouthPAC)

James Garvey is seeking a third and final term on BESE. He is an attorney with Hailey McNamara Law Firm, specializing in insurance law and personal/commercial litigation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in business administration, and a juris doctorate from Loyola University. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board. Mr. Garvey is married with four children and currently resides in Metairie.

Sandy Holloway, BESE District 3 (Endorsed by WestPAC)

Sandy Holloway is seeking a second term on BESE. She is the Executive Director of Bayou Community Charter School, a Type 1 charter school in Lafourche Parish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently UL-Lafayette) and a Master’s Degree plus 30 in Curriculum and Instruction, in Supervision and Administration from Nicholls State University. Mrs. Holloway has extensive experience as a former Lafourche Parish teacher, assistant principal, principal and supervisor and has been recognized as an outstanding educator. She serves on the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as a member of the Government and Public Affairs Committee, the Bayou Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Commissioners as Vice Chair and is a member of the Rotary Club of Thibodaux, serving on the Board of Directors as past President. Mrs. Holloway is married to Skip Holloway and has three children and eight grandchildren and currently resides in Thibodaux.

Dr. Holly Boffy, BESE District 7 (Endorsed by WestPAC)

Currently Vice President of BESE, Dr. Holly Boffy is seeking her third and final term. She was first elected to District 7 in 2011 and reelected in 2015. She is the 2010 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, and has worked for the Council of Chief State School Officers to support states with teacher quality initiatives since 2011. She taught middle school for ten years, earned National Board Certification in 2006, and served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She earned three degrees from Louisiana State University including a Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her doctorate from Walden University with a study on the implementation of student standards, Progression of Elementary Teachers in Implementing Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Dr. Boffy co-founded and organizes Fishing for Memories: A Benefit Rodeo for the Alzheimer’s Association with her husband, Carrick Boffy. Dr. Boffy launched EdTalents, which provides consulting services with the mission of developing educator talent systems, in early 2018. Previously, Dr. Boffy spent six years with the Council of Chief State School Officers supporting state chiefs with teacher and leader initiatives. The Boffys have a son, Pierce, and a daughter, Claire, who was adopted at birth in August 2016.

“Together, these three BESE members have shown a willingness to make tough votes to advance education reform and accountability, and our students are reaping the benefits of the positive change these champions have fought for,” said Maura Donahue, Chairwoman of SouthPAC. “It’s critical that we keep these strong advocates in office, and we urge voters to support these candidates as we continue the challenge of improving Louisiana’s education system and the economic opportunity it provides.”

In July, LABI’s regional PACs began announcing a series of endorsements in races for the Louisiana Legislature and Louisiana Supreme Court, and as the election season progresses, each PAC Board will likely release additional endorsements for legislative, executive and judicial branch seats, as well as BESE. Follow more LABI election news at

 SouthPAC and WestPAC are non-partisan political action committees led by businessmen and businesswomen working to recruit and support candidates who support the free enterprise market with as little government interference as possible. Learn more at and