Early voting light
St. Martin Parish Registrar of Voters Patricia T. Guidry reports a rather turn out of early voters for municipal races in St. Martinville and a bond proposal for Hospital Service District No. 2 (St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge).
As of noon Tuesday only 269 votes had been cast in the city races and 127 on the bond proposal.
That represents 6.2 percent of St. Martinville voters and less than one percent of the electors residing in the hospital district.
Voters may still cast their ballots at the Registrar’s Office at the Courthouse Annex in St. Martinville and the Council on Aging Office in Breaux Bridge.
These offices will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, March 17.
St. Martinville voters will be electing a mayor and four members of the city council.
Incumbent Mayor Thomas Nelson faces three challengers – Espinola Alexander-Quinn, William “Tiger” Leon and Melinda “Mel” Narcisse Mitchell.
District 5 representative Edmond Joseph is unopposed but candidates for the other four council seats include:
•District 1 – Incumbent Michael “Mike” Fuselier and Dean J. Resweber.
•District 2 – Incumbent Craig Prosper and Lance Laviolette.
•District 3 – Incumbent Dennis Paul Williams and Mourice Smith.
•District 4 – Janise Anthony, Juma A. Johnson and Nary Smith Sr. Incumbent Debra Landry is not seeking re-election.
The bond proposal for Hospital Service District No. 2, which encompasses Breaux Bridge and the surrounding area, seeks voter approval of a $12,565,000 bond issue that would be retired over a 20-year period.
The proceeds would be used to purchase an additional 44 acres of property adjacent to the current St. Martin Hospital site and fund renovation and expansion of the hospital facilities.
The bonds would be serviced through an 8.65 property millage and the dedication of $250,000 per year from hospital lease revenues.