Last week, there were no fewer than six potential candidates
- including two former runner ups for the seat and three former city-parish
councilmen - looking at the District 31
state rep race. As of today, there could be as few as two candidates
qualifying. A special election for the seat is scheduled for Nov. 4, following
Don Trahan’s resignation. Trahan is stepping down from the legislature to
become Director of External Relations with the state Department of Education.
Qualifying for the race opens today and runs through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Only two
candidates, family law attorney Nancy Landry, who lost by 33 votes to Trahan
last year, and Maurice businessman Troy Theriot, who worked on Trahan’s two
campaigns, have officially announced their intentions to run.
This morning, former city-parish councilmen Lenwood
Broussard and Rob Stevenson both say they will not be among the field of
candidates. While last week he said he was “90 percent” certain he’d be
running, Broussard says he now realizes he is not ready to sacrifice the kind
of time it would take away from his business and family life. The same goes for
Stevenson. Former councilman Randy Menard says he is also now leaning against
running, but was waiting to see who else qualified for the race before
making a final decision.
Also eyeing a run is Charlie Buckels, vice chairman of
the state Republican Party who ran for the District 31 seat in 2003 and lost by
13 votes to Trahan. Reached this morning, Buckels remained noncommittal. “There’s
a lot of a considerations,” he says. “If I do something like this, I will not
do it half-heartedly; it’ll be diving in with everything I have.
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.