We're just one month away from Election Day and one of the races on the ballot in St. Landry Parish is the race for Opelousas City Marshal.
Incumbent Paul Mouton (D) is facing challenges from two other candidates, Bruce Alsandor (D) and Frank Angelle (N/P).
Alsandor, of Opelousas, is a Democratic candidate who is currently working as a deputy marshal with the U.S. Marshals Service for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. He has been working for more than 30 years in law enforcement including at the Opelousas Police Department and the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
Angelle, of Opelousas, is an independent candidate who has worked with the Opelousas City Marshal’s Office from 2007 - 2017. He has also worked with the Opelousas Police Department Reserves.
Mouton, of Opelousas, is the Democratic incumbent currently serving as Opelousas City Marshal, which he has held since 2001.
What differentiates you from the other candidates and why should people vote for you?
Alsandor: “I’m a firm believer in accountability and in order for you to have accountability you have to have all the necessary training available to hold everyone accountable. That’s one of the biggest things I will do hold everyone accountable and continue to provide professional service and I have a track record of doing that.”
Angelle: “I’ve worked there before, people know what I have accomplished there. I'll pick up right where I left off, which is serving the community in professional and civil manner. I'm an honest man and I'll continue serving Opelousas especially our young kids in town and try to get them to be where it’s not going to be a revolving door for them in the courtroom system."
Mouton: “I really do care about the people in my community. I love them and I try to work with them and do the best that I can to help them. I've served this community for over 30 years and always tried to assist in anyway I can."
If elected, what are your plans going forward?
Alsandor: “I will make sure that the deputies are trained in de-escalation, use of force, critical incidents and dealing with an active shooter as well as how to deal with a person with mental illness. That is very big and important considering today’s culture."
Angelle: “I’m going to reevaluate the deputies that work there now because of the past history of domestic abuse at the Marshal’s office. That can be eliminated by doing a site evaluation test. I plan on implementing that as soon as I get in.”
Mouton: “We have a program coming to help the parents correct their children. You have to have home training for some of these kids and that’s really important. We can’t we can’t do it all but if the parents do their part and we do our part then we can try to turn some of the bad into good.”
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