Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux has flirted with the prospect of running for city-parish president for months. Friends and supporters have encourage him. He would probably at least make a runoff.
But Boudreaux says in a media release that after “engaging in much prayer, plenty of meetings and visiting with many individuals, families and businesses throughout Lafayette,” he will instead run for re-election.
“It is my desire to continue to work on improving the success of educational institutions in District 4. I feel I can be most effective at achieving the objectives I speak of by being on the ground, on the front line working hard for the community with breaking stride as your council member.”
The tipping point, according to Boudreaux, may have been the recent, successful effort he drove to extend the extra penny sales at tax at the Louisiana Avenue-Interstate 10 corridor to fund and infrastructure expansion that will pave the way for a Super 1 Foods-anchored development.
Boudreaux references that effort and says “it has become evident that I still have work to do.”
Elected in January to serve a second stint as council chairman, Boudreaux ran unopposed in 2011 and is the first candidate to declare in the most economically distressed district among the nine on the City-Parish Council — a fact Boudreaux says he hopes to remedy: “Additional economic development remains a priority in the Moss Street corridor, the Simcoe Street corridor, Louisiana Avenue corridor and Pinhook Road corridor, all busting connectors that we travel in our daily routines.”