LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Voters head to the polls in less than two weeks. On the ballot in Westlake are two high profile races including Mayor and Chief of Police.
In recent years the city has welcomed a new 18-hole golf course, a new subdivision and another has plans for another one on the way. It appears as though the City of Westlake has finally come into their own. Three candidates are now asking voters to let them take Westlake into the next four years.
Before his first term as mayor, incumbent Dan Cupit also served four terms as city councilman and is proud to be apart of the progress made.
"I think we are headed in the right direction. We've got a lot to do - don't get me wrong. But as long as we are able to cooperate with the council and all of us work together with our engineer I think the development of Westlake is going to surprise the people over the next four years," said Cupit.
Todd Hayes is a newcomer to politics. Self employed he hopes to capitalize on the city's investments and strengths. "In order to reap the benefits of the investment we have made - than it's got to look good. And if it doesn't look good - it doesn't sell good. And so my intention is to beautify the city so that the people who live here are not only proud of where they live but will also be proud to invite people to live here as well," said Hayes.
Social worker Paula Johnson says her focus will be on new ideas as well as old ones.
"Riverfront development. If we work with the Port - I know they will support us on that. The railroad tracks - we've got to get transportation past that either under it or over it. And we can't wait for the Interstate to get remodeled - we have to work on it now," said Johnson.
Voters will also decide the highly contested race for Westlake's Chief of Police, which has incumbent Jeremy Cryer facing fellow officer Captain Michael Dickerson.
According to Cryer under his watch crime in the city has been reduced by 50 percent.
"What we've been able to do is spend more time in the neighborhood stopping crime and deterring crime. That's going to remain my priority," said Cryer.
As for Dickerson, he promises to have a presence in the community and start several neighborhood watch groups.
"I think Westlake deserves an experienced, well-trained and a committed police chief to lead them into the future," said Dickerson.
Also in Westlake, Curtis Alexander faces Lori Ellis Peterson for Council Seat Division B. The election will be held on October 2nd.