POSTED: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 4:04am
SORRENTO, LA (NBC33) — Early voting across the state begins Saturday, and for Sorrento, it's out with the old and in with the new. They'll be voting for a mayor, and say they've already made up their minds.
They say who ever wins needs to help push the town past its reputation of not being able to get things done.
"You talk to people and they find out you're from Sorrento all they do is laugh at you. They make fun of your little town. This is our home. It's nothing to laugh at or make fun of," Lionel Melancon, Jr., Sorrento Resident, said.
Melancon said for the past few years there's been a lot of bickering at town hall. Several councilmen and a mayor resigned giving the town a bad reputation.
"It would get so heated fifteen minutes after the meeting started you had to adjourn, before it got out of hand," Melancon explained.
Melancon said all the fighting made it hard to get any business done in Sorrento, and the new mayor must be able to keep the peace.
"If you're going to be the mayor, you're going to have to take control," Melancon described.
Republicans Jason Adams and "Mike" Lambert along with Democrat Wilson Longanecker, Sr., are all running for mayor.
"Repeat candidates. They keep on going the same way doing the same thing," James Kirkland, Sorrento Resident, said.
Kirkland lives in Sorrento, he says this years crop of candidates aren't want the town needs. He wants to see a new batch of candidates for the job.
"I think it has to come from within our town. Somewhere, somebody has got to be willing to step up to do the job," Kirkland described.
Both men say who ever wins only needs to do one thing help restore the towns reputation.
Other items are on the ballot across the state, and early voting begins Saturday morning.
Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.