Tonight Carlee Alm-LaBar announced her candidacy for Mayor-President of Lafayette.
This is a big announcement for her as she’s the first female to run for this office.
“I spent my career working in Lafayette and Acadiana in different capacities trying to make this region and our city and parish a better place,” says Alm-LarBar.
She isn’t new to the political scene here in Lafayette.
In March 2010 she became assistant to the city-parish president Joey Durel.
She worked in that position before becoming chief development officer.
Until this June she worked as Director of development and planning under Joel Robideaux.
She tells News Ten her experience is a benefit.
“The issues are common and things that we all know are important. Roads, drainage, taxes, and things that we need to be focusing on and having difficult conversations about. Also, think if I get elected it helps to hit the ground running on day one,” she says.
She served as President of the Fix the Charter PAC, a movement opposed by Robicheaux.
The effort was successful largely in part because of their grassroots and social media efforts.
A Facebook page titled “Carlee for Lafayette” has almost 450 followers.
Alm-LaBar says,” Not a lot of people know who I am so we know that the only way to be successful in this campaign is if the people of Lafayette really come together around the issues and around our future. We definitely plan on engaging everyone through social media and other channels. Traditional and non-traditional to make sure everyone feels a part of the discussion and the campaign.”
Joel Robichaux has said he is running again.
No other candidates have officially announced their run for office.
Qualifying for the October 12th election is August 6th through 8th.