Tomorrow’s election is likely to turn on which campaigns have the best get-out-the-vote drive. The special election will decide two local runoff races. Pat Cravins and Elbert Guillory are vying for the state Senate in District 24 — a district that covers North Lafayette Parish and most of St. Landry Parish; in Lafayette, voters will decide the District 6 City-Parish Council runoff between Max Jordan and Sam Dore. District 6 covers a central area of town along Congress and Johnston streets from Ambassador Caffery Parkway to University Avenue, also including the Saint Street, White and Tanglewood subdivisions.
Approximately two-thirds of parish polls will be active tomorrow for the two elections. Most voters will have only one race on their ballot. Opelousas voters will also decide the District A Alderman race between Larry Callier Jr. and Julius Alsandor.
Clerk of Court Louis Perret isn’t optimistic about a healthy voter turnout. An election last month, which featured the primaries for the District 6 council and District 24 state senate races as well as a parishwide bond issue, drew a little more than 7 percent of registered voters in the parish. Tomorrow, Perret says, he’d be surprised if the turnout was as high as 5 percent. “I hope I’m wrong,” he says, “but it looks like it’s going to be very light.”
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.