LAFAYETTE — The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee and the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators recently announced more endorsements of candidates for the upcoming Nov. 4 Lafayette Parish School Board races.
The groups have not endorsed any of the same candidates.
The chamber’s Empower PAC endorsement is for Erica Williams, a candidate in District 4, who has challenged incumbent Tehmi Chassion. The Lafayette Parish Association of Educators recently endorsed District 9 candidate Brian West and District 2 candidate Tommy Angelle.
Angelle is the incumbent in the District 2 race and faces two challengers, Simon Mahan and James Chavis. West faces Jeremy Hidalgo, who was endorsed by the chamber. Both men seek to replace outgoing board member Rae Trahan who opted not to seek re-election.
West is a faculty member at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a member of the advisory board at the Academy of Information Technology at Carencro High School.
“Mr. West is a leader whose varied experience will help guide the future of quality public education in Lafayette,” said Jonathan Cole, LPAE elections chairman. “We need School Board members like Mr. West who know how to connect and communicate with the entire community. He is committed to the ideals of public education in Lafayette. Mr. West comes from a family of teachers with over 30 years of dedication to the students of our district.”
Angelle is seeking his second term on the board and the association “carefully considered (Angelle’s) track record as a member of the LPSB, and we believe that he is the candidate in District 2 who will continue to make public education a priority for all students in Lafayette,” Cole said.
The Lafayette Parish Association of Educators is the largest teacher organization in Lafayette Parish and represents more than 40 percent of Lafayette’s teachers and hundreds of administrative staff.
Williams is a faculty member at Remington College and University of Phoenix, who “offers a fresh voice for positive change,” said Frank Neuner, Empower PAC chairman in a news release.
“As a mother, criminal justice instructor and dedicated member of our community, she has distinguished herself as an intelligent, engaged and passionate advocate for the children and families of Lafayette Parish. We absolutely need more leaders like Erica Williams,” Neuner said.