Nancy Landry has wasted no time in re-launching a campaign for the District 31 state rep. seat, which Don Trahan resigned from last week. A special election has been called for Nov. 4 - less than 30 days from qualifying - to decide who will fill out the remainder of Trahan’s term. Landry, who narrowly lost her bid for the District 31 seat last year, seems to have an inside track in the short election. Her campaign signs were already up last weekend, and today, the final day of qualifying, she is already up with her first TV ad. Titled “Still Working," the ad repackages campaign footage from last year along with still images of Landry with state Sen. Mike Michot and Gov. Bobby Jindal. Landry’s campaign is spending approximately $6,000 to air the ads on cable throughout the district in Lafayette and Vermilion parishes this week. Thus far, Landry’s only announced apponent is Maurice businessman Troy Theriot. An oilfield supply boat manager, Theriot unsuccessfully ran for District 47 state rep. in 1999 against Mickey Frith, garnering 41 percent of the vote. Theriot is a Republican; Landry changed from a registerd independent to a Republican last week. Qualifying for District 31 closes today at 5 p.m. Read more about the race in the article "Inside Track" this week's Independent.
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.