(Rick Hickman/American Press)
Last Modified: Sunday, August 03, 2014 10:35 AM
A group of local business and industry leaders will host a community meeting this week for anyone interested in running for a Calcasieu Parish School Board seat in the Nov. 4 election.
The meeting, hosted by the Committee for Better Schools in Calcasieu Parish, is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room in the Parish Government Building, 1015 Pithon St.
Paul Bonin, committee head, said the meeting will cover how to organize and run a political campaign. Other topics will include the responsibilities of a School Board member, how to qualify for an election and learning about the voting districts within the parish.
“At that level, if someone has never been involved in a political race, it’s obvious the process is a little intimidating,” Bonin said. “We’re trying to make them comfortable.”
Bonin said the committee was formed about three months ago because six of the 15 School Board members announced they would not seek re-election. That, combined with the area’s projected economic expansion, got local business leaders interested in finding good candidates for the panel, he said.
“There’s a group of people who recognized we’ve been asleep at the wheel too long,” he said. “School Board members are so critical to the foundation of our community. Shame on us if we don’t get involved.”
Bonin said the committee is not looking to “micromanage School Board members,” but rather “encourage as many good candidates to come to the table.”
Several local and state officials are scheduled to speak at the event, including Calcasieu Clerk of Court Lynn Jones, Calcasieu Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty, local attorney Cade Cole and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles.
The qualifying period to run in the November election is Aug. 20-22.
For more information on the meeting, call Bonin at 437-4000.