For the first time in nearly 30 years, the City of Broussard will have a new mayor after the November 6 election.
Current Mayor Charles Langlinais is retiring after seven terms in office.
Ray Bourque and J.P. Morgan are Republicans hoping to be Broussard’s next mayor. The candidates have also raised their families in the city they want to represent.
“Within our city limits, we have over 11,000 constituents,” said Bourque. “We have an opportunity to elect experienced, energetic leadership that is committed to the success of Broussard.”
Morgan said, “If I wouldn’t have put my hat in, there would have been no race. This race would have been decided back in July. Nobody else would run.”
Ray Bourque is a local business owner, a current Broussard Councilman and chairman of Broussard’s Chamber of Commerce. Bourque says he plans to work closely with the city council to continue vital projects.
“Broussard must continue to expand upon projects like our drainage projects,” Bourque said. “That 1.1 million dollar drainage project runs from Albertson Parkway to Downtown Broussard. Projects like this are vital to our city’s health.”
Jerry “J.P.” Morgan said, “We’re going to have to be innovative now to come up with jobs and represent the people. We need to step out and have festivals.”
As for how Broussard is looked at in relation to the rest of the Parish, Bourque said, “Broussard is the only city in Lafayette Parish that does not collect a property tax and that will not change. I intend to make our city accountable for setting and achieving its goals.”
Morgan said, “We don’t want to be second fiddle. I would like to see Broussard bigger than Lafayette. If I’m the Mayor, we will achieve these goals.”