LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Paul "P. J." Geary and incumbent Rodney Geyen are the two contenders battling it out for the District C councilman seat.
Paul Geary describes himself as an ordinary citizen who wants to make extraordinary changes in his community. He plans to work on District C's infrastructure and economic growth. Geary also wants to make a difference for the younger citizens.
Paul "P. J." Geary says, "We have four elementary schools and a middle school in less than a 2-mile radius. We need a library and that's one of my goals to accomplish. I've been talking about this for a number of years as a private citizen, but now is the time. Also, we have no entertainment and no activities for the kids. The way I'll solve that problem is form a partnership with the local businesses in District C so we can do something with these children."
Incumbent Rodney Geyen is also running to be District C's councilman. He's been serving on the Lake Charles City Council for the past 12 years and has also served as interim mayor for the city for 4 1/2 months, making him the first African-American mayor of Lake Charles. If re-elected, Geyen wants to continue many of the projects he's already started.
Rodney Geyen says, "We have about another seven or eight streets that need to be reconstructed. We also have the canopy replaced at the Columbus Circle basketball court. We're going to try and address that need, but most of all we need to finish up with the lakefront development."