On Wednesday, September 18, Acadiana voters are got a closer look at the candidates running for Lafayette Mayor-President.
All five candidates participated in a live forum on KATC on Wednesday evening. You can view the full Lafayette Mayor-President forum in the video below.
Carlee Alm-Labar, Simon Champagne, Josh Guillory, Carlos Harvin and Nancy Marcotte are in the race for Mayor-President.
All five candidates said they feel good following the forum. Each of them also saying if elected, they'll make drainage one of their main priorities.
With KATC's Jim Hummel as moderator, the candidates answered questions on five topics:
- The budget
- Development and planning
- Infrastructure and public works
- Potpourri category
Drainage was one of the main talking points for the candidates, but they're also focused on improving infrastructure.
Guillory said, "It's re-engineering our traffic so it flows better. To do that, we need a leader, we need transparency, we need communication between our government and the private sector and our community. I will bring that back."
Harvin said, "We need economic development, we need businesses, we need people to move back. I'd love to see the i-49 connector come back to the top of the agenda."
Champagne said, "Infrastructure with roads. I would like to set the same priorities and make a list. 'A roads' will be our worst roads and they will be funded."
Marcotte said, "There's a 311 system to call and report pot holes, but it's only during business hours. I would like an app where people could report them and it shouldn't take longer than a week."
Alm-Labar said, "Roads are a huge priority in our community and relieving traffic congestion. My administration will be part of making sure we spend our limited tax dollars as efficiently as possible."
Election day is October 12. To watch the full forum, click here.