Mar 31, 2011 12:35 AM by Jim Hummel
A special election will be held Saturday in St. Martin Parish to fill the seat vacated by state Sen. Fred Mills R-District 22. St. Martin Parish councilman Mike "Pete" Huval and St. Martinville city councilman Craig Prosper, both republicans, will square off at the polls.
Huval and Prosper are lifelong residents of St. Martin Parish, both own small businesses and each is campaigning on conservative values and political experience.
"I think what really sets us apart is my ability to communicate with people on a day-to-day basis, and my ability to carry out the promises that I make," said Prosper.
While Prosper thinks he is more in touch with the community than his opponent, Huval on the other hand says he is more qualified for the job. Huval has been serving on the parish council since 1995, while Prosper was elected to the city council in 2006.
"I have 16 years experience first off in serving in government, prior to that I have a proven record of service to the community," said Huval.
Both candidates do agree on one thing, they say voters can't really make a bad choice come Saturday.
"Mike is a really good friend of mine, we've been friends we speak probably every other week and he's a nice guy," said Prosper.
"The people of St. Martin Parish are very fortunate, they've got an opportunity to elect one of two people that in my mind are two good people," said Huval.
Polls are open Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The winner of the election could take office as early as April 12th.