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Decades in politics: Arnaudville couple win constable re-election

Posted at 10:26 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 23:40:19-04

For some candidates, Friday might as well have been election day.

Two constables in St. Landry Parish have a lot more in common than just running for the same position.

Judy and Leo Meche have been married for 55 years - decades of wedded bliss and much of it in politics.

Leo has been a constable for 48 years and Judy for 18 years. Leo got his start in high school.

"They came and asked for me to run and I've always won since that time. I don't know about this time if I get opposition but then it'll be time for me to go after this one," said Leo Meche.

It took three decades before Judy hopped on board. She became a constable to avoid the clerk's office having a vacant spot; the position is held by two people.

"About five minutes to five o'clock, she didn't know anything about it. We were sitting and I was joking around with those people in the courthouse. He said, 'Judy, come see.' So she went and he said 'fill out these papers for me' and that's how she got in it," explained Leo.

Now all these years later, both qualified again for the position.

"They caught me off guard doing that but I enjoy it. I keep up the papers for him and he does the deliveries so it's busy sometimes," said Judy Meche.

While sitting in the Meche's living room, Judy's phone rang.

"Mrs. Judy, this is Barbara Girard with the clerk's office. Congratulations," said the voice on the other end.

She was calling to inform the couple that this year, they were unopposed in the race and were therefore re-elected into office.

Both Leo and Judy are eager to continue serving just like they do in marriage: for better or worse.

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