The discontent with Rae Trahan’s poor representation of District 9 on the Lafayette Parish School Board just keeps growing, and was underscored Wednesday with the announcement that a challenger has stepped forward.
Jeremy Hidalgo, a lifelong resident of Milton and District 9 and a graduate of Comeaux High, is a financial services representative for MetLife, a husband and a father of two young girls.
Hidaldo’s announcement could be seen as early, as election day isn’t until Nov. 4, 2014, yet he says his reason for running is simple: “a lack of positive, progressive representation,” and that, he adds, is something “our children deserve.”
He makes a good point, and considering the recent resolutions passed by the Youngsville and Broussard city councils calling for a political about-face from Trahan — both in response to her inability to put down the pitchfork and drop the fight against Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper — the timing of Wednesday’s campaign announcement could be argued as near-perfect, especially since word on the street is that come election day the ballot for District 9 will include more than two names.
So with a jumpstart on spreading his name and platform of “leadership, progress and stability” to the District 9 constituency, Hidalgo states in Wednesday's press release that his plan-of-action for between now and election day is simple: "demonstrate a campaign reflecting all people in District 9 working together to foster progress in our school district without sacrificing the common good. This will enable us to realize a better tomorrow for all of our children.”
Below is a list of all Hidalgo’s extra-curriculars:
• Owner of Southern Sports Net LLC • Youngsville Chamber of Commerce (board member / Marketing and Fundraising chairman) • Broussard Chamber of Commerce (board member / Diplomat Committee chairman) • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (member / Ambassadors Committee member) • Milton Civic Organization (Treasurer) • Knights of Columbus member • Sacred Heart Catholic Church member • Member of BNI 19th Hole Chapter member • Knights of Columbus member • Krewe des Amis of Youngsville member • Leadership Lafayette Class 2013 graduate
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