Incumbent Congressman Charles Boustany has a campaign warchest more than twenty times the size of his opponent, state Sen. Don Cravins Jr. The candidates recently filed their October quarterly reports with the Federal Elections Commission, which reveals campaign finance data from the latter part of September (Sept. 15-30). Boustany raised $142,412 during that period, compared to $40,198 raised by Cravins. Boustany also outspent Cravins; His campaign expenditures total $123,419 for the period, compared to Cravins’ $49,994. As of Sept. 30, Boustany’s campaign had $728,155 cash on hand. Cravins reported $33,767 cash on hand. U.S. Constitution Party candiate Peter Vidrine did not report any contributions or expenditures.
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.