The candidates vying for the Dist. 40 state House of Representatives seat will air and share their views at a forum scheduled for 6 p.m. July 29 in the Opelousas General Hospital auditorium. The forum is sponsored by the St. Landry Chapter of the Louisiana Grassroots Lobby.
Ten candidates have qualified for the Oct. 17 primary: George Bourgeois, Allen Guillory, Bradford Jackson, Ronald Lavergne, Quincy Richard, Anna Simmons, Kelly J. Scott, Anthony Soileau, Reggie Tatum and Ledricka Johnson Thierry. Scott ran unsuccessfully last spring for the Dist. 24 state Senate seat now occupied by Elbert Guillory, who vacated the Dist. 40 seat to run for the Senate. Tatum is Opelousas’ city council member for Dist. D. Jackson and Thierry both ran unsuccessfully for the Dist. 40 seat. Simmons is the former mayor of Opelousas.
A Nov. 14 runoff is anticipated between the top two vote-getters in the primary.
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.