Calcasieu leaders issue challenge to voters

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA. (KPLC) - The election is October 2nd and those who have not yet voted have been issued a challenge-- a challenge that comes from some who believe strongly that all should exercise their right to vote.

Calcasieu leaders and members of the Lake Charles League of Women Voters gathered on the steps at the Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur.  Several had a turn at the podium to urge voters to participate in the voting process.  Joked State Senator Willie Mount, "If you don't go vote then you can't call Mayor Roach and complain!"

Police jury President Kevin Guidry said, "You can make a difference by casting your vote on October 2 for the things that are going to make a difference in your life."

League of Women Voters President Kay Andrews said, "The decisions made in the voting booth affect your job, your health care, your energy costs, your security and much more. Get registered, get informed and get out and vote.'

They challenged voters to come out on October 2nd and cast ballots on the candidates and propositions that will help shape the future in their local communities. Said Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan, "This is the Calcasieu challenge. This is a challenge to Calcasieu voters, that we don't want a twenty per cent turnout. We want a greater than thirty per cent turnout this weekend."

Voters in many areas will choose a school board member or city officials-- and there are various tax propositions. Calcasieu Clerk of Court Lynn Jones says there's, "One in Sulphur, one in Niblett's Bluff. There are also parishwide maintenance tax and unincorporated area sales tax."

They hope the enthusiasm shown so far during early voting will continue through to election day October 2nd again challenged the people of Calcasieu parish to "fill the voting booths this Saturday, October 2nd."

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