2019 Runoffs Dashboard
As the voice of the regional business community, 1A communicates our organization’s public policy positions to Acadiana’s elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, providing a unified voice on behalf of the more than 950 businesses and individuals we represent. During election seasons, 1A also works to ensure candidates for public office understand our region’s most critical policy issues.
VP, Policy Initiatives & Governmental Affairs
October 12 Election Results
1A recently hosted a series of events to meet and hear from candidates for state and local office ahead of the October 12 election. On Election Day, numerous offices were decided outright, while several races, including the Governor and Lafayette Mayor-President, will head to the November 16 runoff.
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
Early voting: November 2 - 9
General election: November 16
See how voters weighed in with 1A’s election results recap:
- Statewide and 1A region results
- Lafayette Parish results
- Constitutional Amendments and Lafayette Parish ballot proposition
Lafayette Mayor-President Runoff
Who's in the runoff?
The signature event of the primary election season was 1A’s Lafayette Mayor-President Forum, in partnership with UL Lafayette and KATC. More than 300 people attended the event at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and hundreds more watched live on KATC or listened on KPEL. Click here to watch the video.
Who's in the runoff?
To provide additional information on the runoff candidates – Carlee Alm-LaBar and Josh Guillory – 1A has compiled candidate profiles, which highlight some distinctions and similarities between the two. Download a printable PDF of the profiles, or view the content below.
Party: No Party
Occupation: Past LCG Director of Development & Planning, Southern Lifestyle Development Director of Traditional Neighborhood Developments
Occupation: Owns small-firm law practice
Alm-LaBar believes her track record of bringing people together can solve big problems
"So I have a track record of bringing people together, and one of the things I said from the very beginning when I ran was – the challenges that I saw for Lafayette – and to me drainage and jobs were the two, and I think that they're really linked – the challenges that I saw were big enough that if we didn't decide to come together in the way that I have across my career, we were going to struggle to solve them." (Source)
Guillory believes his leadership and decision-making can turn Lafayette around
"We need leadership. I bring experience as a business owner and leading troops in battle," he said. "I can make decisions in a nanosecond and I can make thorough decisions objectively and consider all the factors." (Source)
Alm-LaBar views her experience with LCG as a key qualification
"Alm-LaBar is the only one of five candidates for Lafayette Mayor-President who knows Lafayette Consolidated Government from the inside, having worked in the administrations of two Republicans as an assistant to the city-parish president and as director of planning and development. That experience, she said, is important 'because when you talk to auditors, anybody with a lot of knowledge about local government, they'll tell you LCG is one of the most complicated because of our form of consolidation and because of the municipally-owned utility, LUS and LUS Fiber.'" (Source)
Guillory cites his being a government outsider as an asset
"I am not an established government bureaucrat. I know that the prosperity of our future comes from the ingenuity of our people and communities, not the government." (Source)
"I have no government experience. Just like in 2016, when we sent President Trump to the White House – we didn't send him because he was a bureaucrat, we didn't send him because he had all of this 'experience' in government or bureaucracy. We sent him because he's a leader, because he can come up with ideas and plans, and more importantly than that, he can put those plans in action." (Source)
Alm-LaBar believes structural issues with consolidation have led to budget problems
"The parish is broke. But we got here, in part, because for years the parish has been funding functions that are part of consolidation that are not core functions of a parish government. We have to address the underlying structural problems in the budget and how we allocate the costs of consolidation. Only then can we get to the root of the issue and make the necessary cuts to restore the parish's fund balance to a healthy level. The voters of the parish have made it loud and clear that they do not support new tax revenues. And so I will be very transparent about the cuts that will take place to get the parish budget back in line." (Source)
Guillory believes budget cuts can free up funds for drainage and roads
"My administration will examine every department's budget throughout each fiscal year. Any overages will be brought to the attention of the Councils, and I will lead in efforts to rededicate surplus money to priorities such as drainage, roads and traffic, and public safety. … One example of budget cuts will be to stop contracting out so much legal expenses. I would like dedicated staff attorneys that can handle a majority of (if not all) legal work for LCG. Dedicated staff attorneys that are accounted for in the budget is far more cost effective to taxpayers than contracted attorneys who can bill by the hour. … Another example is placing new hired employees in the PERS retirement system as opposed to MERS. Doing so would save our budget millions just in a few years. I want to emphasize that this change will be only for new hires only." (Source)
Alm-LaBar led the effort to amend the City-Parish Charter
"When Alm-LaBar launched her bid for mayor-president in March, she was fresh off a successful, yet contentious, bid to create separate city and parish councils through the Fix the Charter movement. She and her allies won that fight in a 53% to 47% split." (Source)
Guillory sees the Charter amendment as more harmful than beneficial
"Only the government could get us into this, could 'fix the charter' by coming up with this debacle. Only the government." (Source)
Alm-LaBar stands by Unified Development Code (UDC) but sees room for improvement
"I am proud of the work I did with the Unified Development Code, which removed many barriers to development and raised drainage standards for new development. But I ultimately left LCG because I was not given authorization to break down the silos that cause so many issues with customer service. We need to finish that work." (Source)
Guillory supports a "repeal and replace" of the Unified Development Code (UDC)
"The UDC stunts business growth in Lafayette, it is overly strenuous to existing businesses, and it is not welcoming to prospective new businesses. The more I learn about the UDC, the more I am convinced that the problems encountered also derive from the implementation of the UDC. After discussing this issue intensely with business owners, developers, and the general public, I would support a complete repeal and replace of the UDC. My position is made with the recognition that there are certainly some provisions in the UDC that are helpful. I acknowledge that we need rules and regulations. However, a fresh start from a regulatory standpoint that makes Lafayette the most inviting to businesses that we can be would go a long way with diversifying our economy." (Source)
Alm-LaBar supports "complete streets" policies
"The easiest time to include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is at the onset of new infrastructure projects, not retrofitting. We adopted a complete streets policy at LCG that calls for the inclusion of these types of infrastructure when planning new projects. The best approach after the fact involves being targeted and strategic. The sidewalks downtown are a good example – we need to focus on those areas where demand is highest and where the necessary repairs are most feasible." (Source)
Guillory believes road improvements should focus on efficiency for automobiles
"I believe roads should be used for vehicles, and Lafayette has a severe traffic problem. I will focus heavily on increasing the efficiency of traffic for automobiles. Our infrastructure is not designed for additional bike lanes. The downtown area and within the campus of UL may be exceptions. Other than these two areas, I believe the private sector will dictate to developers in individual developments any need for such additional bike/pedestrian transportation options." (Source)
Alm-LaBar calls for a comprehensive approach to address drainage issues
"I will push forward on a comprehensive approach to mitigating our flood risk. There is not one single solution. We have to take a leadership role in the region to begin to manage risk at the regional watershed level. We have to take advantage of our natural floodways by utilizing them for large detention projects that lower the base flood elevation for an entire section of the parish. We have to maintain channels, coordinating with all municipalities and the parish in a parish-wide system of maintenance. We have to continue the work of the UDC, modernizing our approaches to detention associated with new development. And we have to work with our federal and state officials to tackle larger projects like dredging the Vermilion River. We have rededicated several million dollars from other uses towards drainage in the last few years. That’s a start. We will also need to put together a cohesive team on a regional level to compete for the tens of millions in state and federal funding that has become available because of recent flood events." (Source)
Guillory calls for a comprehensive approach to address drainage issues
"[There's] a couple of approaches we have to take to adequately address drainage. … Within the parish, things that we can do, and we will start these efforts on day one, is continuing to dredge our coulees, and our laterals, and our ditches. Continue to find ways to adequately address our litter situation. Come up with … proactive ways to detain the water within the parish. Those are things we can do in-house with our public works department. And with proper leadership that I will provide, I know that we will do that and will see results. But it is bigger than that. Our drainage problem is not just a Lafayette issue, it's a regional issue. And I intend to have regional support, and with partnership with our other parish presidents, with partnership with our representatives in Baton Rouge and Washington, I know we can look at this as a regional, as a macro-level situation, and when we do that, we lower the watershed, or the levels in our watershed, and we start to effectively address drainage." (Source)
Alm-LaBar is committed to working with superintendent to improve schools
"As a former teacher, I recognize the importance of community leaders (and specifically the Mayor-President) who are willing to advocate for the school system. One of the first things I did when I began campaigning full-time was to request a meeting with our interim superintendent, Irma Trosclair. In that meeting, I committed that as the Mayor-President, I would support her efforts to improve our school system. Our school system is building the next generation of our community's workforce. While the Mayor-President does not have direct authority over our school system, the Mayor-President can work with the school system on shared community goals and priorities." (Source)
Guillory will advocate for more independent school boards within Parish
"While education may not be a direct function of the office I am seeking, I see the value of increasing the partnership across entities within our parish, such as the school board. Having a well-educated workforce and community will help sustain long-term economic growth and improve quality of life for our citizens. I will use my position as Mayor-President to advocate for more independent school boards within our parish. Zachary, LA is a great example of how an independent school district within a parish can maximize results for its students. I strongly believe that the more local a government body is, the more efficient, accountable, and productive that governmental body can be." (Source)
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