Nov 1, 2010 7:30 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Lafayette Parish School Board Race

One race in Lafayette is causing some tension for two men hoping to fill the Lafayette Parish School Board District 5 seat.
During the primaries, Kermit Bouillion was ten votes shy of winning the whole race, but his opponent Dean Landry is still hoping to come out on top.
Bouillon ran for the same seat 11 years ago. He said a proposed tax inspired him to run again.
Bouillon explained "at that point I thought, someone needs to get involved in the school board race and say no new taxes."
This election is Dean Landry's first.
He said, "I started looking at the achievement rates of students, the achievement scores of the children and it just really concerned me."
Bouillion says he's bringing experience to the ballot.
He said, "I feel certain that I can make some decisions and I can base those decisions upon my experience as a school teacher."
But Landry said he feels as though he will serve the school board better..
Landry explained, "Because I have done the research. I have visited the people and visited all the schools...their needs are very practical."
Both candidates agree on one thing....the campaign trail has been a rocky road.
"I can say some of my yard signs are disappearing at an alarming rate," he said.
Landry added, " the voters of Lafayette need to know what type of person he is and what type of person I am."
The district 5 seat is the only school board position on the ballot.


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