There are a lot of items on the ballot in the upcoming election. Aside from the nine Constitutional amendments, a parish wide School Board tax renewal, race for U.S. Senator (incumbent John Kennedy), race for U.S. Representative (incumbent Clay Higgins) and a vacancy in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals there are several municipal races in the communities of Youngsville, Carencro, Scott and Broussard. Here is a look at those races and streams of money flowing to the candidates.
City of Youngsville
Early on it looked like incumbent Mayor Ken Ritter was going to face opposition when Kenneth Champagne qualified for the race. Champagne later withdrew leaving Ritter unopposed. Chief Rickey Boudreaux, Councilmen Kayla Reaux, Lindy Bolgiano, Matt Romero and Ken Stansbury also drew no opposition in the race leaving the residents of Youngsville with one ballot measure specific to them – Division E Councilman.
Division E was vacated when Gary Williams passed away in office. Facing off in the race are Simone Champagne and Ann Istre. According to campaign finance reports Istre hasn’t accepted donations, putting $3,307 of her own money up against Champagne. Champagne on the other hand has raised $22,100 while also putting up $3,770 of her own funds. Champagne’s financial supporters whose names you might recognize include Ken Ritter, Rickey Boudreaux, and a few employees/contractors of the City of Youngsville.
City of Carencro
Mayor Brasseaux announced that he didn’t intend to seek another term earlier this year creating a vacancy which Don Chauvin and Charlotte Clavier are seeking to fill. Chauvin, who began raising money for the race in November of last year, initially put up $31,648 of his own funds. Since that time he has raised $22,081 with financial support coming from Glenn Brasseaux, David Anderson, Bryan Tabor and Gerald Boudreaux. Clavier has raised $33,150 with her personal funds only accounting for $1,125. Financial support has come from Keith Kishbaugh, David Anderson and Chad Leger. In the last few days, she’s also received $1,000 for Lafayette Sheriff Mark Garber.
Chief of Police David Anderson was unopposed in the election, while six individuals – Jordan Arceneaux, Antoine Babineaux, Jr., Danielle Capritto, Kim Guidry, Al Sinegal and Taylor James, qualified for the five Councilman At-Large seats. None of the six candidates have filed campaign finance reports. Candidates are not required to do so unless they receive contributions or spend money in excess of the statutory threshold.
City of Scott
The incumbent Mayor and incumbent Chief of Police are both facing opposition this cycle. There are also a slew of candidates seeking positions on the council. Mayor Jan-Scott Richard is being challenged by at-large councilman Troy Bergeron. Richard who started the year with $36,809 in his war chest raised an additional $48,492. Notable donors include Don Landry, John Guilbeau, Ken Ritter, Brannon Decou, David Anderson and Glenn Armentor. Bergeron who has raised $37,545 including $4,086 of his own money also received contributions from Don Landry, Kip Judice and Louisiana Crime Fighters (AKA Brooks Bernard, the license plate cameras guy).
The incumbent Chief of Police, Chad Leger, is facing a challenge from Caleb Lege. Leger who started off with $21,668 on hand raised an additional $43,990 including contributions from Josh Guillory, David Anderson, Rickey Boudreaux, Louisiana Crime Fighters (Brooks Bernard) and Brannon Decou. According to campaign finance reports Lege has raised $6,730 for the election.
In the race for Scott Council seats, five individuals – Brad Duhon, Jakob Goodwin, Mark Moreau, Chris Richard and Yolanda Senegal are facing off for the Councilman At-Large seat. Duhon has raised $6,123, Richard $2,175, and Goodwin has raised $4,654 in addition to putting up $4,567 of his own money. Moreau and Senegal have not filed campaign finance reports.
Ronnie Cormier and Terry Montoucet (incumbent) are squaring off for District 2. Neither candidate has filed a campaign finance report.
City of Broussard
Incumbent Mayor Ray Bourque is being opposed by Corey Morgan. Bourque who started with $28,477 in his campaign finance account raised an additional $67,500. Financial contributors include Gerald “Beau” Beaullieu, Don Landry, Josh Guillory, Mark Garber, Ken Ritter, Michot Consulting (Mike Michot) and TGP, PAC (Tyron Picard). Morgan put up $15,000 of his own money and has raised an additional $2,950.
Incumbent Councilman At-Large Jeff Delahoussaye is being challenged by Councilman Ray Gary, who currently holds the seat for District 6. Delahoussaye who started the year with $57,678.66 in his campaign finance account has raised an additional $44,050.00 since the start of the year, including a contribution from Brannon Decou. Ray Gary who began the campaign with no funds on hand has only raised $13,150.00 according to his campaign finance reports.
Incumbent Councilman Angel Racca is being challenged by Jeremy Frederick for the District 1 seat. Racca has raised $3,350.00 from six contributors, including Mayor Ray Bourque and Comeaux Engineering & Consulting, APC. Jeremy Frederick has not filed any reports indicating receipt of contributions.
Incumbent Councilman David Bonin is being challenged by Charles Sharma for the District 2 seat. Bonin is largely funding his own campaign. Aside from in-kind contributions received, the $3,322.19 reported as contributions constitute the candidate’s personal money. On the other hand, Sharma has raised $12,450.00 which, curiously, includes financial support from candidates seeking other seats in the same race; namely: Heather Girouard and Jesse Regan. Sharma has also received financial support from Brannon Decou.
Incumbent Councilman Jesse Regan is being challenged by Mark Ste Marie for the District 3 seat. Regan who started the year with $25,049.40 in his campaign finance account has raised an additional $28,255.00 which includes financial support from those same candidates seeking other seats: Heather Girouard and Charles Sharma. Other contributors include Brannon Decou, [Jean-Paul] Coussan PAC and Mike Michot. Ste Marie, who loaned himself $5,000.00 for the race, has raised $23,310.00 in contributions.
Incumbent Councilman Michael Rabon is being challenged by Heather Girouard for the District 4 seat. Rabon has not filed any reports indicating receipt of contributions. Girouard has raised $5,480.00 which includes financial support from those same candidates seeking other seats: Charles Sharma and Jesse Regan. Girouard has also received financial support from Jeremy Hidalgo.
David Forbes and Ryan Romero are both seeking for the District 5 seat which is presently held by Councilman Kenny Higginbotham, who didn’t qualify for re-election. Forbes has raised $1,750.00 compared to Romero’s $2,525.00. Romero has also received financial support from Jesse Regan. Romero has also received financial support from Brannon Decou.
Kody Allen and Jeremy Foco are both seeking for the District 6 seat which is presently held by Councilman Ray Gary. Allen has raised $9,395.00 which includes financial support from Jeremy Hidalgo and Brannon Decou. So far, Foco’s campaign has been solely financed by $6,682.33 of his personal money. However, as of this writing, a recently filed 10-day report has not yet been posted.