CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard Parish president candidates took to the campaign trail Friday night at the Chalmette-Holy Cross football game, but one candidate clouded by controversy watched from the sidelines.
"We're out campaigning tonight. It's an important game for St. Bernard Parish, especially Chalmette High School," councilman and candidate Guy McGinnis said.
"There are a lot of people out here supporting Chalmette. There are a lot of St. Bernardians supporting Holy Cross so needless to say we are going to be neutral on the football game," candidate Wayne Landry said.
"Meet a bunch of new faces. It was an awesome opportunity," candidate Louie Pomes said.
The crowded field of candidates mostly used the prime real estate around the stadium meeting voters and pushing their policies.
"I'm the only candidate to be the CEO of a government entity much less manage a $40-50 million budget," Landry said.
"The people of St. Bernard parish is our biggest and best assets. I know that now it's more true now than ever," McGinnis said.
"The reason I wanted to get into the parish president race is not to be involved in politics," Pomes said. "My entire adult life 30 plus years I actually served the residents in a full time position in parish government."
Current parish president Dave Peralta watched the game but chose to not campaign. Peralta called what the other candidates did outside the game "political posturing". He also said Friday night was for the kids.
The other candidates in the race include Ronald "Jimmie" Roques, Jonelle Young and Rickie Melerine.
The election is Oct. 24.