Retired State Trooper Becket Breaux swept to victory in the three-man race for sheriff of St. Martin Parish in the gubernatorial primary election this past Saturday.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards topped his five opponents both locally and statewide but fell short of a majority and will face Republican challenger Eddie Rispone in the Nov. 16 general election.
Poor record keeping, failure to bill for work to maintain nuisance properties, possibly even political vendettas are coming to light as new management works to make sense of the city’s zoning department.
Budgets presented – The 2020 Sinking Fund, Operating and Maintenance and Capital Outlay budgets were completed and presented to council members for review at the council’s Oct. 1 meeting. Parish President Chester Cedars (center) credited the hard work of Financial Director Sean Hunley (right) and the administrative staff for completing preparation of the proposed budget ahead of schedule. (Karl Jeter)
A federal disaster declaration for St. Mary Parish, made in the wake of July’s Hurricane Barry, will now be extended to four other parishes, including St. Martin Parish.
Parish President Chester Cedars, speaking at the Oct. 1 parish council meeting, said the new declaration could result in the receipt of FEMA funds equaling 75 percent of the parish’s Barry-related outlays. The change was made in response to requests from Governor John Bel Edwards and officials of the affected parishes.
St. Martin Parish residents who have not yet cast their vote face a rather lengthy ballot at the polls on Saturday.
The 2019 Gubernatorial Primary on Oct. 12 includes a full slate of statewide candidates as well as races for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), state senators and representatives, parish council seats and four proposed constitutional amendments.
And that’s not including the spirited race for the sheriff’s office here.