Lack of interest in running for office has caused the St. Martin Parish clerk of court to reopen qualifying this week. According to the Teche News, no one registered to run for Justice of the Peace to replace retiring Eugene Martin, longtime officeholder in Ward 6. The announcement by the St. Martin Parish clerk of court’s office is the latest evidence of a general malaise in the desire to enter public service. Last week, two contenders for mayor and mayor pro temps of New Iberia dropped out of the race, leaving incumbents Hilda Curry and Freddie DeCourt with a free ride back into office. Democratic congressman Charlie Melancon, representing District 3, which includes St. Martin and Iberia, was unchallenged as well.
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.