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  • Mayor of Washington

     

  • Q1: What are your priorities for the town of Washington for the next four (4) years?

    Q2: What do you believe uniquely qualifies you for this position?


     

  • Dwight Landreneau

    A1: 

    Priorities for the next two (2) years.

    1. Keep Town in compliance with governmental regulations so that the Town can participate in funding opportunities.
    2. Attract business and industry.
    3. Increase opportunities for youth development.
    4. Improve infrastructure of utilities and modernize methods of providing services.
    5. Continue maintaining the upkeep of the three cemeteries.
    6. Continue existing projects on streets and utility maintenance.
    7. Research grants to improve the Town.
    8. Provide leadership so the Town can project a positive image.

     

    A2:

    Unique qualities for the Mayor position.

     

    Experience:

    1. Successful administration of state agencies- State Parks; Wildlife and Fisheries. LSU Ag Center.
    2.  Successful management of state budgets, personnel, and policies.
    3. Small business owner
    4. Graduate of Washington High School; B. S. from ULL; Master’s degree from LSU

     

    Character:

    1. Honest, fair, compassionate person.
    2. Practicing Christian Catholic. 
    3.  Loving husband, father, grandfather.
    4. Natural born public speaker and great sense of humor
    5. Lifelong resident of Washington.

     

    Commitment:

    1.  Committed to bring and foster professionalism of town staff; to seek sources to bring rehabilitation of town properties; to attract business and new families to our town.
    2. Committed to seek what can be done to ensure that Washington is a viable, prosperous community.

     

    Committed that together, we can make Washington a better place for all.  


     

  • Mona Wilson

    A1: 

    My priorities for the Town of Washington will be to reestablish our town library and immediately schedule a town hall meeting inviting everyone to participate in a discussion to address ways we can all promote job opportunities and better housing for our elderly and low income families.  The vacant buildings on our main streets are constant reminders of a dwindling economy and as mayor; I want to hear from the community on ways we can all work together to turn that around.   My commitment to building a stronger economy offers administrative transparency and reinstitutes some of our successful programs that I have led in the past. Leading successful programs are not new to me.  I will also ask our community to join me in setting new trends of building teams focused on preparing residents with employment training and entrepreneurial programs that are also geared to strengthen our economy.  The overall objective is to train our own residents to fill local positions.  

     

    Making our town more inviting to visitors and new business replaces decay and blighted property with a town empowered to build its own self – sufficiency from within.  Please vote for Mona Wilson #90 on your ballot and allow me to lead a community of good people aspiring to possess great health and lead prosperous lives.  The Town of Washington. SMALL TOWN BIG DEAL!

     

    A2:

    A lifelong resident in The Town of Washington, I am a proud wife, mother and grandmother who value building strong families.  I am qualified to run as a candidate for the mayor of The Town of Washington by winning consistently for the position of Alder Woman At-Large and Mayor Pro tempore for over twenty years.   The position of Mayor Pro  tempore gave me twenty plus years of mayoral  real - time experience.   

     

    My proven qualifications were set in December of 2019 when I filled in as Mayor Pro tempore for three weeks after the resignation of our mayor.  During that time I was able to successfully locate $30,000 from an overpaid account to support a failing budget, streamline overtime and restructure staff to eliminate cost without employee layoff.  

     

    Experience:

    • Twenty plus years as Alder Woman at – Large and Mayor Pro tempore.
    • Over twenty years experience as an  educator
    • More than thirty years as a Coach, building social skills through basketball .
    •  Won several local, state  and national awards as a coach
    • Certified mental health specialist

     

    Qualifications:

    • Master Degree ,  Louisiana College
    • Bachelor of Science  Degree, University of Southwest LA
    • Minor in Applied Science, University of Southwest LA
    • Minor in Behavioral Science University of Southwest LA

     

    As an Alderwoman At-Large, Mayor Pro tempore, educator, coach, administrator, I am well qualified in what works well in communities and why.


     

  • Eunice City Marshal

  • Q1: What do you perceive is one of the biggest concerns of a city marshal? What would you do differently to address those concerns?

    Q2: The city marshal does a lot for our court system and city. Do you have plans for increasing, decreasing, or improving these services?


     

  • Marcus Chad Bergeron

    A1:

    The duties of the Marshal’s Office is to effectively provide courtroom security and protection for the court systems and judges as well as effectively serving outstanding criminal and civil papers because as of to date there are over 2000 unserved civil papers to be served and criminal warrants by the current administration. As Marshal I would meet with the judges to organize a plan to provide courtroom security for the judges and general public who may attend any court hearings. I would increase manpower to rectify the concerns of the citizens and assure that all civil and criminal papers are served and or allow those who cannot afford those penalties a payment plan whereby not creating a financial hardship on themselves and their families. The Marshal's office if elected should be more proactive in the creation of a Youth and Dare Program for our youth so that they may hopefully be productive citizens in our community. I would also like to form an Elderly Activity Program so that those who paved the way for our future will not be forgotten about. These programs can be done utilizing grant funding whereby being no cost to our citizens.

     

    A2:

    As Marshal there is a grave need to increase security in our court system and an increase in deputy Marshal’s is a must under my administration if elected. My well-rounded background in law-enforcement has prepared me to effectively run any law-enforcement agency. The court system and judges will be my primary duty along with the normal day to day operations of the Marshal’s Office.


     

  • Terry Darbonne

    A1:

    As your current City Marshal and having served three terms, I know first hand the biggest concern for my office is helping to keep our city safe. My team and I do this by assisting our Eunice City Court in making sure we all have a safe, professional environment each time court is in session, safely transporting prisoners, apprehending wanted fugitives, answering and addressing emergency calls, and addressing traffic issues. We are on the frontline between the good citizens of Eunice and those who would break our laws and want to negatively affect our way of life. 

     

    A2:

    Having served three terms as your City Marshal, I've made sure our team of deputies and administrative staff work professionally, efficiently and effectively to serve our citizens of Eunice and our Eunice City Court - executing the orders of our Judge, making arrests and preserving the peace.  I've had many years of service in law enforcement, but my time serving as City Marshal has given me the opportunity to prove what I've pledged - fair and balanced leadership, working everyday to keep Eunice great! My plan and pledge is to continue to work tirelessly to make sure our good citizens of Eunice know they can have confidence in my team as we do everything in our power to serve and to protect.


  • Gerald Watley

    A1:

    I'm Gerald Watley, candidate for Eunice City Marshal. The first priority of City Marshal is to provide protection to the judge and the city court. What I would do differently is to make sure the judge never enters or exits the building without protection.

     

    A2:

    The City Marshal's office should and will have more interaction with our youth. I would start up a jr. Marshal program as an outlet, for example touring the LSUE campus, taking them to baseball games, basketball games, and try and give them hope for tomorrow.


  • Opelousas City Marshal

  • Q1: What do you perceive is one of the biggest concerns of a city marshal? What would you do differently to address those concerns?

    Q2: The city marshal does a lot for our court system and city. Do you have plans for increasing, decreasing, or improving these services?


     

  • Bruce A. Alsandor

    A1:

    The City Marshal is an extension of the court and as such, we are responsible for the safety and welfare of the court.  However, considering today’s climate surrounding law enforcement one of my greatest concerns would be to reassure the public that we will be professional, courteous, and serve the people with respect and fairness. The City Marshal, will also, execute the orders and mandates of the court in the safest possible manner while holding everyone accountable. To address these concerns, the City Marshal’s office, will use all available resources in the most efficient and effective manner. Implementing new safety procedures for entering city court. Providing additional training for deputies. Training such as active shooter, de-escalation, and diversity training to name a few, as well as increasing transparency.

     

    A2:

    There is always room for improvements in every organization. Based on my experience and training on the federal level, I believe I can improve the security of the city court facility providing a safer environment for the judicial staff as well as the citizens who visit Opelousas City Court. I would also reevaluate traffic enforcement’s use of personnel. By shifting personnel from traffic enforcement to courthouse security we can improve the core services of the Marshal’s office, while simultaneously using traffic enforcement for its intended purpose, public safety. These changes would allow us to maintain public safety while still being financially responsible to the citizens of Opelousas.


  • Frank R. Angelle

    A1:

    I perceive one of the biggest concerns of a city marshal is to protect the City Court Judge and court room. To best address this concern I would put my most experience and trained officers in the court room to protect and serve the City Judge and court room.

     

    A2:

    I have plans to increase helping the elderly more by providing more services available to them and also our vets, and implementing more programs to help our juveniles.


  • Paul Mouton

    A1:

    I, Paul Mouton, plan to continue serving the People of Ward 1 with programs for the Elderly and anyone in need. I have developed a medical transportation ride that takes anyone 55 or older to doctor appointments or drug store, help Veterans get to their appointments, and looking into helping the City of Opelousas in opening a Women’s Shelter. I want to work closely with Agencies in getting programs for drug users, working with high school students in finding jobs, and helping the schools by providing security for not only the faculty but for the students also. I have started food drives for the needy and I am also trying to get computers to help students with after school learning. 

     

    A2:

    Yes, I do have plans to increase and improve our services to the Court system. I plan to increase our ways of better screening people who come in and out of our building. The deputies that serve in our courts and who serve the people of Ward 1 will be highly trained Deputies to handle any situation and especially our Judge. 


  • Opelousas City Judge

  • Q1: What re-entry initiatives would you support and/or partner with and why?

    Q2: What is your plan for dealing with the fiscal management of our judicial system? In particular, the collection of court fines and fees.

    Q3: What are your thoughts on the Justice Reinvestment Act and how it will apply to your court?​


     

  • Shaunn Caillier-Harden

    A1:

    Re-entry initiatives are of utmost importance as the focus of these programs are part of a strategic plan to encourage, foster, and support crime prevention.  These programs include Drug Court and Reentry programs, Sobriety Court, Mental Health Assessments/Evaluations, and most importantly initiatives that directly impact our juveniles, for example juvenile assessment programs like “JAP,” mentoring juveniles and parents, and FINS providing a supervised plan for those adjudicated. These initiatives provide avenues to individuals to enter rigorous programs that directly address the individual on a case by case basis providing alternatives to the individual, including rehabilitative opportunities in order to reduce recidivism.  With 22 years as a prosecutor in the felony division and serving as the Felony Section Chief, I have had the opportunity to see the direct impact these programs have on individuals as their focus directly targets the individual’s needs, including providing rigorous attention to address the individual’s diagnosed needs.   Statistical data shows that pinpointing an individual’s underlying problem aids in reducing the likelihood that he/she will continue to engage in similar and/or the same criminal activity.  Thus, these viable initiatives do provide a means of holding individuals that qualify accountable while also providing effective rehabilitation.

    For example, the ability to recognize a first offender’s drug addiction as an underlying cause for engaging in criminal behavior and placing the individual in Drug Court has a direct correlation to decreasing the likelihood of that offender engaging in future criminal activity.

     

    A2:

    The fiscal management of our City Court is of utmost importance, as is the fiscal management of any organization.  Our City Court is dependent upon amounts budgeted by the City of Opelousas and St. Landry Parish, as well as court fines and fees, to sustain daily operations.  It will therefore be necessary to carefully review all current expenses and current funding sources to ensure that there is adequate funding to provide for the administration of justice, as well as ensuring that the financial recordkeeping is sound and appropriate.  Further, all court fines and fees should be reviewed to confirm compliance with any state or local requirements, to measure their appropriateness as a part of the sanction for individuals partaking in criminal activities, and to confirm they are sufficient, together with other sources, to balance the City Court budget and provide for reasonable contingencies.

     

    A3:

    As Louisiana was leading the nation in imprisonment, a bipartisan group joined together to create the basis of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act in an effort to improve public safety, providing housing for the most serious of offenders while increasing the eligibility for those individuals convicted of less serious offenses to be placed on probation or provided opportunities to participate in substance abuse programs and/or drug courts instead of incarceration.  The Act fosters the opportunity to reduce prison terms for non-violent offenders and to focus on successful reentry programs.  Probation and parole can be a pivotal part of a successful reentry program, and the Act strengthens probation’s ability to respond to violations of probation with “swift and certain” administrative sanctions when responding to technical violations, further helping to encourage positive behaviors, reducing the recidivism rate, and promoting support for victims of crime. 

    While the Act directly focuses on felonies (offenses punishable with or without hard labor), there is a correlation to city court offenders (those with offenses punishable by parish jail sentences generally with a maximum sentence of six months).A review of city court statistics will show that a large majority of its offenders also have cases pending in our district court, thus it is imperative that the two at some point become intertwined when assessing each individual case and determining the most appropriate mode of sentencing for a particular individual. This in turn will help to provide safer communities, manage our criminal justice system in a more cost-effective manner, reduce recidivism, and encourage successful reentry into society.


  • Hazel Coleman-Chavis

    A1:

    Re-Entry programs are definitely a tool that I will utilize in assisting the city court defendants as a step in the rehabilitative process in becoming a productive and contributing members of society. I am in support of the St. Landry Adult Reentry Coalition as well as building a better partnership with our neighboring city of Lafayette through their Reentry Program by gaining access for our city court clients. As it relates to the St. Landry Reentry program, I am familiar with the work of Mr. Norman Rene and I am very confident that he and his staff will have the individual best interest in providing them with services and resources that will get them moving forward. As a felony public defender, I also had the opportunity of referring some of my clients into the Lafayette Reentry Program and speaking to them personally. The program and resources that were available to them helped my clients to achieve the goal of reintroducing them into the community and thus they received the necessary positive feedback and encouragement that was needed to becoming a law-abiding productive citizen. My goal is to seek out a re-entry program that will satisfy the total needs of the offender, with hopes of preventing he or she from becoming a repeat offender. I will also be looking into obtaining a fully funded independent program for the City of Opelousas.

     

    A2:

    Throughout the years, the fiscal management of our judicial system has made sufficient progress in the collection of court fines and fees. I will continue to make sure that it does not become a debtor’s court in the collection of fines and fees by ensuring that we continue to have an outstanding judicial administrator and modern court collection software with electronic capabilities to ensure the community that the judicial system is funded by the offenders. In addition, I will implement strategic plans that will take into consideration various trends and issues that may present a challenge to the offender in meeting financial obligations ordered by the court, such as instituting a review panel consisting of support staff that will evaluate the income of each offender and their ability to meet the financial obligations imposed by the court. I will allow offenders who are not financially stable to perform community service in lieu of fees. By adopting these measures will not only allow the offender to pay for his/her crime, but they will be giving back to the community as well. Furthermore, my plans will act as an agenda outlining actions needed to preserve the court’s successes and, where appropriate bring about positive change. Although, no plan is perfect I assure you that this plan will focus on issues that affect the judiciary of city court at large, by responding to those matters in ways that benefit the entire city court/personnel and the community it serves. 

     

    A3: 

    As a defense attorney, I saw the effects of the JRI firsthand because it gave some of my clients who were non-violent offenders the opportunity to receive probated sentences and/or a reduced jail time. There were allowed to enroll into programs that would be beneficial to them in obtaining employment and securing a future for their family. JRI's approach to improving public safety, examining corrections and related programs that can hold offenders accountable, thereby decreasing crime and strengthening neighborhoods has been effective thus far for the State of Louisiana. One of my goals for city court after taking the bench is to continue helping individuals receive assistance needed to become thriving citizens for our community all while keeping public safety number one. In addition, I will plan to focus resources on those non-violent offenders who are most likely to offend again with an inspiration of preventing any future offenses, though the use of imprisonment alternatives. 


  • District Judge

  • Q1: Retailers continue to lose thousands of dollars to theft each year, usually by repeat offenders. How to you plan to address this behavior and reduce this loss for our retailers?  

    Q2: Juvenile crime is on the rise in our area. What are you doing to address this in your current role, as well as what do you plan to do to address this if you are elected as our District Judge.​


     

  • LaDonte A. Murphy

    A1:

    As an Assistant District Attorney, this is a problem I am all to familiar with. I have seen an increasing number of repeat retail theft offenders. I think this is because many have figured out that if they steal less than $1,500.00, they are only facing misdemeanor charges. Our local merchants know all to well that the repeated loss of $1,499.99 in merchandise, goods, or services can  and will cripple any small business. As District Judge, I will use the repeat retail theft penalty enhancement provisions of LaR.S. 14:67 if a person has multiple retail theft convictions. We know that while most retail thefts occur to support a drug addiction, I will insist that persons who enter drug treatment programs or the District Attorney’s Diversion Program must have made complete restitution to the merchant before accepting a dismissal of those charges. 

     

    A2:

    Juvenile crime is on the rise in our area.   What are you doing to address this in your current role, as well as what do you plan to do to address this if you are elected as our District Judge.

    I currently serve our parish as an Assistant District Attorney and adult felony prosecutor. However, early in my tenure with the DA’s office I served as a juvenile prosecutor. Back in 2009, when Opelousas was experiencing an increase of juvenile burglaries, DA Earl Taylor, recruited me to take on Juvenile Justice reform in St. Landry Parish. Our mission was to keep kids in school and off the streets. And that’s what we did. But now a new generation of kids and young adults have presented new problems. Shootings and gun violence are at the very forefront of our newsfeeds every day.  And it seems like things are getting worse. However, as District Judge I will renew our commitment to juvenile justice and hold parents accountable for lack of supervision of their children. I know how to do this because I did it before. And we already have the legal vehicles needed to do this without asking our business community for any new taxes. We recently created a family preservation court that is completely grant funded. Now, all we have to do is expand our truancy courts and Juvenile delinquency courts to include and focus on mental and behavioral health of developing adults. With the specialty courts in place, all we need now is a District Judge who will be equally Tough on Crime as well as Compassionate on people.


  • Ledricka Johnson Thierry

    A1:

    Theft to retailers not only hurts businesses and owners but also hurts our economy. Here in St. Landry, small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Owning three small businesses in Opelousas has given me a unique perspective of the way our criminal justice system affects all business owners. By enforcing existing laws for repeat offenders, we can reduce the amount of theft affecting our retailers. This loss to retailers can be regained by including the price amount of goods stolen in restitutions. As District Judge, it is my responsibility to make sure the punishment fits the crime and to uphold and enforce the law. This is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. The court system touches every part of our lives and it is important to me that we have a system that works for everyone and applies the laws as they are written to ensure a safe and prosperous community for everyone.

     

    A2:

    As the mother to three young children, I know how important it is to lead by example, and to have a juvenile court system that is fair, yet firm. My community service and professional work have always included services that benefit and engage our children, most notably Madison Health Center. In 2016, I was inspired by my daughter Madison, who has autism, to open the Madison Health Center. Madison Health Center helps children ages five to seventeen with mental health and behavior challenges. Addressing the mental health challenges of juvenile offenders is one part of my plan to reduce the increasing juvenile crime rate from the bench. 

    Between 65 to 70 percent of juveniles arrested each year have a mental health disorder. By incorporating existing diversion programs with mental health assessments, we can improve the way we respond to these young people and prompt healthier results for individuals, families and communities. As your District Judge, I will use my personal and professional experiences to deliver fair and effective judgements that not only uphold the law, but also address these mental health needs.


  • District Attorney

  • Q1: What can you point to in your personal and professional life that morally qualifies you to be an advocate for justice in St. Landry Parish?

    Q2: How can you, in your role, promote business expansion within St. Landry Parish?​


     

  • Charles Cravins

    A1:

    Our sense of justice is learned from our parents, from the tenets of God, from our environment and experiences. I was born and raised on a farm in Mallet, where my family has lived since 1764. My parents were not highly educated. I walked to Mass every morning as a boy. I’ve been a businessperson, a taxpayer, a victim, a prosecutor and a servant. I’m an Army veteran. That experience strengthened the accountability my parents instilled in me.

    I’ve volunteered every Sunday on radio for 34 years to inform citizens regarding serious issues, to be a voice of reason and advocate for justice. Working for the U.S. Congress in the 1990’s, I helped hundreds of Louisiana veterans secure benefits.

    In 23 years at the District Attorney’s Office, I’ve helped victims in countless cases; helped change the lives of countless young people. My experience has taught me how to help, who can be helped and who can’t.

    My mom sometimes told me, “You’re no better than anybody else, and nobody else is better than you.” I’ve always remembered that. Because I personally know, love and respect all the people of this parish and their circumstances and views; and because I treat everyone the same, with compassion, toughness and consistency, I’m blessed that it is very common, no matter where I am in St. Landry Parish, for someone to walk up to me and say, “Thank you."

    Thank you for allowing me to serve.

     

    A2:

    In recent years, crime has risen in every parish around us and we have not been spared. On my first day as District Attorney, I called a meeting with all law enforcement. I asked those agencies to work with us to reduce the time between arrest and accountability. As a result, my office and the police agencies of the parish have implemented changes that have reduced the time between arrest and conviction by an average of 4 months per case. Quicker accountability will reduce crime.

    The education system and law enforcement effect businesses when they decide where to locate. In March, I organized a delegation from St. Landry Parish to meet with our legislators to address the truancy problem in our parish. Research shows that truancy is a feeder system for crime, not only among juveniles but after they become adults. With the help of other officials, we were able to secure funding for an effective truancy program that is set to be implemented.

    The COVID crisis led to fewer visits to our office. I’ve used that time to have my staff catch up. Every case we have received from law enforcement is open and being prosecuted.

    Providing competent fiscal and prosecutorial policies helps promote business. And I’m just getting started.


  • Chad Pitre

    A1:

    I have been a lifelong resident of St. Landry Parish and I have a strong desire to serve our people. Years ago, I was the victim of a violent crime and personally understand the impact crime has on its victims. My educational background, work, and life experiences uniquely qualifies me to be District Attorney.

    • University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL)
    • Louisiana State University (LSU) P.O.S.T. Academy
    • LDWF Law Enforcement Academy
    • Southern University Law Center, Juris Doctorate
    • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable James T. Genovese
    • Assistant District Attorney, 27th Judicial District
    • Special Assistant Attorney General – State of Louisiana
    • Voted Best Lawyer in St. Landry Parish
    • Notable Clients:
    • St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz
    • St. Landry Parish Government
    • St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District
    • St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission
    • Towns of Melville, Washington and Grand Coteau
    • Lewisburg, Plaisance, and Grand Prairie Water Systems

     

    My community involvement includes:

    • St. Landry Chamber of Commerce
    • St. Jude’s Research Hospital
    • Veterans Affairs (VA) Advocate
    • Catholic Cursillo Center Volunteer
    • St. Landry-Evangeline United Way
    • National Rifle Association
    • Louisiana Cattleman’s Association

     

    I will run your District Attorney’s Office with the highest standards of professionalism and ethics to protect your families and children, to bring justice to crime victims, to serve the community in an exceptional manner, while being a careful administrator to your tax dollars.

     

    A2:

    FBI statistics show that violent crime has increased in St. Landry Parish over the past three (3) years. In order to promote business expansion in St. Landry Parish we must effectively prosecute the huge backlog of felony cases which total over 6,552. This includes 41 homicide cases, according to recent official St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Records.

    I will reallocate the financial resources of the District Attorney’s Office to accomplish the primary function and obligation of a district attorney…the prosecution of violent criminals and repeat offenders as efficiently as possible. We must stop the dangerous trend of failing to prosecute violent criminals in St. Landry Parish. Business and industry can only survive and grow in a safe and stable community.

    I will initiate a Worthless Check Enforcement Division to track down bad check writers and return the money to the victims through restitution and criminal prosecution. This dynamic program will create a new partnership between the District Attorney’s Office and the business community; provide new avenues to obtain restitution, to protect the public and seek justice.

    I believe the St. Landry Parish District Attorney’s Office must be committed to advocating for crime victims, protecting public safety and upholding justice in a firm, fair, and ethical manner in order to create a business climate which attracts new businesses and promotes business expansion in St. Landry Parish. 


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