Judge Phyllis Keaty’s re-election campaign kicked off last
night with a major fundraiser netting just under $100,000, according to a campaign press
release put out this morning. The event, held at River Oaks’ Napoleon Ballroom,
drew a crowd of approximately 350 people, including City-Parish President Joey
Durel, Sheriff Mike Neustrom, state Sen. Don Cravins and state Sen. Nick
Gautreaux. Keaty, a Republican, was first elected as a 15th Judicial
District Judge in 1998 and is a co-founder of the district’s Family Court. Keaty
is up for re-election on the Oct. 4 ballot. Thus far, no other candidates have
announced. Qualifying for the race ends July 11.
Nancy Landry, a local family law counselor who served
as a clerk to Keaty for three years, chaired the fundraiser. Landry, also known
for her narrow loss to Don Trahan in last year’s District 31 state
representative race, recently launched the public affairs firm Pelican Strategies,
which is managing Keaty’s campaign. “I am floored by the amazing turnout to
support Judge Keaty right before the 4th of July holiday,” Landry
states in the press release. “I always knew she was very well regarded, but we
weren’t quite prepared for an outpouring of support this huge.”
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.