Livingston Parish President race heating up

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:17pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:25pm

In Livingston, the race for Parish President is heating up. Residents say, this race has become a very big deal for their parish, and folks are incredibly passionate about Saturday’s outcome.

Since the primaries, many say they’ve seen an increase in negative campaign ads, and that’s something they don’t like. They want this race to stay about the issues.

Residents say the race has divided Livingston Parish.

“They’re all very passionate. Very, very passionate about their stances,” says Rhonda Jenkins of the men and women who have been following the race closely.

As Mike Grimmer tries to hang on to his position for a third term, newcomer, Layton Ricks, throws his hat into the ring.

Jenkins says the race has become so important that she wanted to get informed.

“I have so many friends that are on both sides of the fence here that I wanted to find out more about what was going on,” she explains.

Things like parish growth, road conditions, and upgrades to the sewage system are hot topics for residents, but they say, they’ve seen a bigger focus on negative campaigning.

“I don’t like this fighting back and forth on either side,” says Walker resident Irvin Beard.

It’s a frustration for residents who just want the facts.

“I think it cancels each other out,” Jenkins explains. “I mean you’ve got this side throwing accusations and this side throwing accusations.”

Voters say, they’re not sure what to expect come Saturday’s election.

“I think it’s going to be very close. I don’t think it’s going to be a landslide,” Jenkins says.

They only hope that it will be the best decision for the parish.

Tune in to NBC33 News on Saturday night when Kelsey Scram will be out in Livingston Parish to bring you full coverage of this race.

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