Roach granted fourth straight term as Lake Charles Mayor

By By Eric Cormier and Doris Maricle / American Press

Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach was granted his fourth straight term in office after no candidate qualified to campaign against

him during the spring elections.

This is the first time Roach has won re-election unopposed.

“I feel overwhelmed and appreciative and want to thank the citizens for allowing me the opportunity to continue to serve,”

he told the American Press on Friday.

During his year’s in office, Roach has

overseen downtown and lakefront renovations, which started in earnest

after Hurricane

Rita in 2005. His administration has also managed $90 million in

capital improvements, contended with union contract issues,

updated zoning regulations.

Roach declined comment on what his agenda for the next four years will be.

“I’ll have a lot more to say, but we just want to enjoy and reflect,” he said. “It is a privilege to be able to work with

the public, City Council and other agencies for another four years.”

Roach did not comment on the ease of winning another term.

“I just want to say thank you to the public for allowing me to serve. I love what I do. I enjoy it. I am proud of what we

have accomplished,” he said.

Several candidates, including seven incumbents, were elected outright without opposition Friday as qualifying for the April

6 closed, while races were set in 11 other Southwest Louisiana elections.

In Lake Charles, incumbent council members Rodney Geyen, John Ieyoub, Stuart Weatherford and Dana Carl Jackson retained their

seats. Also, Vinton Mayor Kenneth Stinson was re-elected without opposition to his third term after no one else qualified

for the seat.