In less than a month polls around the country will open for election day. Throughout Vermilion parish we are seeing many familiar faces; some new ones too.
The question facing the town of Gueydan is to hold on to what they know or to elect a fresh face. Sitting mayor Chris Theriot is running for re-election to continue maintaining and improve upon the town’s self-owned utility company and to spend the people’s money wisely.
“I’m able to maintain it, I’m able to obtain grants to maintain it and cut the costs to the people in the town and I do my best in trying to get grants and taking those grants and using it wisely,” says Theriot.
His opponent, Jude Reese, looking to create an open dialogue between the people and the town council and to clean up the streets.
“We need to take our town back and clean it up. It’s been years since we won the cleanest city contest. We used to win that on a yearly basis or place real high. We’ve got drainage issues, we’ve got flooding issues,” says Reese.
Reese hopes twelve years on city council and his involvement in Gueydan give voters a reason to trust in him.
“I’ve been on numerous other boards and committees. I’ve been on the school board at St. Peters, been a board member at the museum so I have the experience, I’m not going into this blind,” says Reese.
Theriot believes he’ll be successful too having spent almost a decade of his life gaining experience as the town’s mayor.
“I’m familiar with budgets, I’m familiar with fundings, I’m familiar with emergency preparedness,” says Theriot.