Nov 17, 2011 12:37 AM by Shawn Kline
Independent Eric Martin and Democrat Terry Landry are both vying for the newly created House District 96. Both candidates are from Louisiana and have a long history of civil service but that's where the similarities end.
"I started on the highways and byways of Louisiana." Landry says, "and worked in every area of this community."
Landry is a former oil field worker and State Police Superintendent. He lead Louisiana's troopers during 9/11.
"We have been in every major event since 1978," Landry said.
Eric Martin was St. Martinville's Mayor for 14-years, helping the city earn such distinctions like "One of the Top-10 Best Small Towns in America."
"When you see what I did as the Mayor of St. Martinville then you kind of know how I'll be as a State Representative," Martin said.
The candidates both show two different backgrounds with two different goals in the legislature.
"I think I-49 completed through Acadiana is extremely important," Martin said of what he'd like to accomplish.
"We (should) stop talking about putting emphasis on education." Landry says, "(let's) actually put our money where our mouth is."
In the primary, Eric Martin held 41-percent of the vote while Terry Landry captured 32-percent of the newly created minority district.