The candidates, all
The district they seek to represent covers a portion of
Cavalier, 50, said she believes
"I want accountability in the spending, I don't think we're a state lacking of funds where we need to pick and choose what we can do," she said. "I think there's enough to take care of everything that needs taking care of, taxes, the roads, education, all of these things do not need to come under a list of 1, 2, 3, in importance, we need to address it all."
Cavalier is a minister and interior decorator and her husband is a residential builder. She said she was drawn to run for the seat because she wants to see greater transparency and accountability in state government.
Pope, 78, was term limited in his current seat representing
He takes credit for such changes in
Pope, a former
"We are a growing parish and we have tremendous needs, we're always trying to build coalitions with legislators to make sure they know our needs out here," he said.
Consulting engineer and pastor Carlin, 55, has spent most of her career in project management for chemical plants and paper mills. She describes herself as a "rock-solid conservative."
She lists the economy, tort reform to lower lower insurance rates and infrastructure improvements as her highest priorities.
Carlin said her engineering background is a positive that will help bring
She said the state is in a crisis in terms of its infrastructure needs and thinks it should be done by reforming the state's oversight of maintenance and construction.
Pope, the only candidate with prior political experience, was also the most well-funded of the three that are running, ending the last reporting period prior to the election with
Carlin, 55, ended the last reporting period in September with
Cavalier, by comparison, ended the reporting period with
Early voting begins Saturday and continues through
Occupation: Consulting engineer and pastor
Occupation: Interior designer and minister
Occupation: Retired schools superintendent, current
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