Mar 27, 2013 3:26 PM by Ian Auzenne (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)
Voters in six Acadiana parishes will go to the polls on April 6 to vote in on propositions and to fill vacant seats through special elections.
The most notable of these is the Mermentau police chief race. Last year, Amber Dubois was removed from the position after officials learned she lived outside the village. No one qualified for the November special election, and, initially, no one qualified for this election. However, two candidates, Patrick Breaux and Justin Kershaw, registered after the Secretary of State's Office reopened qualifying for the position.
Turkey Creek residents will decide if they will allow the mayor to appoint their police chief. Currently, residents elect their own chief. Former chief Robert Moreau was arrested in 2011 on theft and abuse of office charges for allegedly taking items from a store and then returning them to receive a refund. Investigators alleged that Moreau wore his uniform during those transactions.
Iberia Parish voters will decide the fate of two tax propositions designed to raise money to build a new 26-mile levee and bolster hurricane protection in the parish. The first proposition calls for a five-mill property tax, while the second calls for a half-cent sales tax to fund the initiative.
Below is a parish-by-parish list of all of the races and propositions appearing on Acadiana ballots.
School Board, District 5
Blane Harmon (No Party)
David Lalande (Republican)
Mermentau Chief of Police
Patrick Breaux (Democrat)
Justin Kershaw (Republican)
Turkey Creek Police Chief Proposition
Shall the Mayor of the Village of Turkey Creek, with the approval of the Turkey Creek Village Council, be authorized to appoint a marshal who is the Chief of Police for the Village of Turkey Creek?
School Board, District 4
Thomas Jolivet (Democrat)
Zebulon "Zeb" Simon (Democrat)
Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane and Conservation District Proposition (Millage)
Shall the Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane and Conservation District (the "District"), levy a five (5) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $2,200,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of thirty (30) years, beginning with the year 2013 and ending with the year 2042, for the purpose of construction, acquisition, maintenance, operation and extension and/or improvement of levees, hurricane protection and drainage within the District?
Sales Tax District No. 1 Proposition (Sales Tax)
Shall Sales Tax District No. 1 of the Parish of Iberia, State of Louisiana (the "District"), be authorized to levy and collect a tax of one-half of one percent (0.50%) (the "Tax") upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the District, all as defined by law (an estimated $6,250,000 reasonable expected to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of thirty (30) years, commencing July 1, 2013, with the avails and proceeds of the Tax (after paying reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax) to be dedicated and used in accordance with a local services agreement between the District and the Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane Protection and Conservation District (the "Levee District"), said agreement providing for the transfer of said avails and proceeds of the Tax to the Levee District pursuant to the terms thereof, for the exclusive purpose of funding the construction, acquisition, maintenance, operation, extension and/or improvement of levees, hurricane protection and drainage in the Levee District?
JEFF DAVIS PARISH:
Terry Duhon (Democrat)
Marcus Peterson (Democrat)
ST. LANDRY PARISH:
Grand Coteau Mayor
Virginia Pierre (Democrat)
Shaterral "Terra" Johnson (Democrat)
Gueydan Board of Alderman, At-large
Marilyn Campbell (No Party)
Angela "Angie" Touchet (Republican)