Eight elective positions on Ascension Parish ballots (November 8)

Election Day November 8, six weeks from today, when Ascension voters will cast ballots in three Congressional races along with five other elective positions. Incumbent Senator John Kennedy-(R), pushed to a runoff in 2016 in route to a resounding victory (61% of the vote statewide) over Foster Campbell, did exceedingly well in Ascension.  Kennedy garnered […]

Eight amendments to Louisiana Constitution on the ballot

Election Day is November 8, a Tuesday denoting federal contests being decided, when eight proposed amendments to Louisiana’s Constitution will also be on the ballot. Constitutional Amendment No. 1: Do you support an amendment to increase to 65% the cap on the amount of monies in certain state funds that may be invested in stocks? […]

Former commissioner, Julio Dumas seeks reappointment to Planning Commission

In August the Parish Council removed Ascension Planning/Zoning Commissioner Dwayne Bailey by a 5-4 vote, leaving a vacancy on the seven-member body.  Bailey’s two-year term ending on February 8, 2024, seven applications were submitted by individuals looking to finish that unexpired term.  Among them are familiar faces including Julio Dumas who has enjoyed two separate […]

Orgeron/Lawler urge hiring Parish Council’s own $60,000 attorney

Ascension’s Home Rule Charter designates the District Attorney as “the parish attorney to the governing authority, parish president and all parish departments, offices and agencies.  However, if the governing authority (i.e. the Parish Council) determines that the parish would be better served by a separate full time parish attorney, it may create such a position […]

New Zoning Districts proposed to Planning Commission, post-moratorium

According to the Subdivision Status Report included in Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting packet there are 629 residential lots currently In Construction in seven subdivisions.  Construction drawings have been submitted for another 297 lots, with two subdivisions (Windsor Park-92 lots and Windermere Crossing-103 lots) having applied for Final Plat approval.  As the Commission vets amendments to the Unified […]

Lawler firm’s $49,900 contract removed from Finance agenda

Juggling agenda items to await the arrival of a quorum-satisfying sixth member on Monday, Council Finance Committee Chairman Dal Waguespack’s first order of business was to remove No. 5 (o): Approval of Legal Services Contract between Ascension Parish Government and Boyer, Hebert, Caruso & Angelle, LLC, to represent Ascension Parish in employment law cases.  Contract […]

Conway Village residents oppose encroachment by Reserve at Conway homes

14 months have elapsed without Ascension’s Planning Commission considering a new residential subdivision preliminary plat, and the City of Gonzales’ counterpart has been similarly inactive.  That changed, or was supposed to, on Tuesday as the Council Meeting Room at City Hall was filled by residents of Conway Village to oppose Conway Development, LLC’s plat map for Phase […]

Wade Schexnaydre’s platform in District 7A School Board race

My name is Wade Schexnaydre and I want to represent you on the Ascension Parish School Board, District 7A.  My roots run deep in Ascension with generations of family having served our public school system, a system that has undergone spectacular growth to keep pace with the parish’s population explosion over the last two decades.  […]

DeFrances points to accomplishments in bid for reelection to School Board

Last election, we began a journey to change the way families in our district were represented in our school system.  With your support and vote, we succeeded in making that change and I humbly ask for your support again. I am excited to announce my decision to run for re-election for the Ascension Parish School […]

Schexnaydre addresses supporters in District 7A School Board race

Wade Schexnaydre is a candidate for Ascension Parish School Board’s District 7-A seat.  He was introduced to a roomful of supporters at Kamal’s Cafe in Gonzales on Tuesday by his father, Kent who is a 30-year veteran educator in our public school system who followed his own father into the profession.  A passing of the torch […]