Dec 8, 2012 7:46 PM by Kristen Holloway
Voters in Acadia Parish are electing a new mayor in Rayne. Roland Boudreaux and Chuck Robichaux are facing off in the runoff this evening. The runoff comes after current Mayor Jim Petitjean turned in his letter of resignation to become the new assessor for Acadia Parish. He chose to do this now to allow a special election to be held for his current position. For the first time in 18 years, residents of Rayne will head to the polls to choose a new mayor. The issues range from lowering electric bills, creating jobs, and revitalizing a city with a population that continues to dwindle.
"If elected I will address personally and as mayor, properties by cleaning them up we give a new outlook on our city as far as integrity of the neighborhood and we create a sense of wellness in the community," Chuck Robicheaux
Roland Boudreaux focus is job growth and recreational services. He says his camp hopes to get all the voters who originally voted for Cheryl Richard back in November. He says his main issues are infrastructure and limiting excessive spending.
"Encourage subdivision development, Rayne has lost population over the last 20 years and the only way we can get it back is to be developer friendly and assist developers in any way possible and secure land," said Boudreaux.
Both candidates say they look forward to the end of a tough race and the beginning of a bright future for the city.
"I look forward to working with the city of Rayne and the people here and we just all get a long and go forward," said Robicheaux.
"It's been tough and grueling but I just hope the people of Rayne make the right choice," said Boudreaux.