Aug 9, 2010 10:57 AM by Letitia Walker
BALDWIN, La. (AP) - When Baldwin Mayor Wayne Breaux first
stepped into office, the Soviet Union was still going strong,
Americans only knew of one President Bush and Bobby Hebert was
taking snaps for the New Orleans Saints.
A lot has changed since Breaux first took the oath of office in
"I never really thought I would be here this long," Breaux
said. "The whole thing has just surprised me."
Running for his sixth term in office in the November elections,
Breaux will be unopposed for the third time in his career.
With the election, Breaux will celebrate his 20th year in office
in 2011, one of only a handful of current mayors to accomplish that
"Hopefully (running unopposed) is a mandate by the residents to
the job that I am doing," he said. "I take it as a compliment."
Breaux, 57, was an assistant city clerk and city clerk in
Baldwin for 16 years before deciding to run for mayor.
He said that upon graduating from McNeese State University in
the late 1970s with a degree in business, he returned home to help
his father run the family store, Breaux's Food Land in Baldwin.
It was there that he was approached by city officials, who asked
if he was interested in writing federal program funding
applications on behalf of the town. The rest, he said, is history.
"There is a lot of responsibility and a lot of sleepless nights
that go into what needs to be done," Breaux said. "As long as
everything is going well, it's only a matter of holding onto the
Breaux has received high praise from those who know him,
including St. Mary Parish Councilman Craig Mathews, whose parish
district covers Baldwin.
Mathews said he always has been impressed with what Breaux has
been able to do for the town over the years.
"I think that Mayor Breaux has provided an outstanding
community service for the town of Baldwin," Mathews said. "He has
seen the town grow tremendously, enhanced economic opportunities
there and been a model leader working with other parish offices."
One of those economic opportunities Mathews mentioned was the
opening of the new Baldwin Community Center, something in which
Breaux takes great pride. The $2 million building has a capacity of
just under 600 people, with a large banquet room, smaller
conference rooms and a full service kitchen capable of holding
large functions or meetings.
The center is available to the public to rent out for any type
of event, including weddings, bridal showers and high school
graduations, allowing the town to collect rent to use for city
"I guess with the limited resources we have, I'm most proud of
being able to maintain the infrastructure and continue to provide
excellent town services," Breaux said.
Breaux said there are goals he would like to accomplished,
including helping the town continue to recover from the recent
"I would like to start a road overlay project," he said.
"Some of our roads are starting to get into disrepair. There are
also flooding issues and hurricane repairs that the town needs to
make in order to move forward."