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May 22, 2014 11:42 PM by Kristen Holloway

Breaux Bridge Mayor Candidates Forum

Tonight, a forum was held for the candidates looking to be the next mayor of Breaux Bridge. Current Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme is not seeking reelection, so one of two newcomers will be elected.

Jill Herbert is a Breaux Bridge native who owns a business in town. Herbert says if elected, her first priority is to implement an open door policy and address the needs of the people.

"I want to discuss their concerns and their problems that we face on a daily basis, and to get an agenda going that we can help solve and have solutions," said Herbert.

The second candidate is Ricky Calais. As a member of the Planning and Zoning Committee and former council member, Calais says there is definitely room for growth in Breaux Bridge. But he says balancing the budget would be the first order of business.

"An assessment of where you currently stand financially helps you know, in essence, what changes if any need to be made," said Calais.

Both candidates say win or lose, they're excited for growth in the town. But if elected, they plan to continue moving Breaux Bridge in the right direction.

"The relationship that I have not only with the current council members, but the current mayor and some of the other elected officials in the parish, I can use that as leverage. That, can help govern Breaux Bridge most effectively," said Herbert.

"Smart growth with businesses and residential areas is important. So is traffic congestion. And hopefully we will work together in making sure that this becomes a reality," said Herbert.

The Breaux Bridge municipal election will be held Tuesday, November 4th. Early voting will be October 21st-28th.

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