Congressional primary elections, scheduled for this Saturday, have been
cancelled. A new date has not yet been set. Gov. Bobby Jindal called off the
elections, at the advice of Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, due to the large number
of people still evacuated from Hurricane Gustav.
The cancellation puts on hold party primaries being held for
the 4th, 5th, and 2nd Congressional Districts.
In the 2nd District, Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, is
facing a slew of inner party rivals. In the 4th District, three
Republican candidates are vying for their party’s bid to replace outgoing
Congressman Jim McCrery. Republican incumbent Rodney Alexander faces a lone
challenger in the 5th District, Republican Andrew Clark of Rayville.
An Oct. 4 runoff election is scheduled to settle the party primaries if no one
candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, followed by the Nov. 4
general election. The primary postponements will not affect the local
Congressional race between Republican Congressman Charles Boustany and
Democratic state Sen. Don Cravins, neither of whom face any opposition in their
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.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.