Parish president race heats up in Livingston

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The heat is on in Livingston Parish as two men fight for their political lives. Parish President Mike Grimmer is accusing his opponent of a major conflict of interest. His opponent, Layton Ricks says Grimmer is trying to distract voters from the real issues.

Over the past few months, Grimmer hasn't been shy about his issues with Rick's place of work. It's an engineering firm in Denham Springs called Alvin Fairburn Associates. According to Grimmer, the parish has a contract with Fairburn for parish roads through 2020.

"We're going to put the facts out. We're not going to sling mud against the wall like they've done. We're going to give them the facts," Grimmer said.

Ricks says he's never kept his employment with Fairburn a secret, and added that he's an assistant office manager, one who does not directly benefit from the parish contract. Ricks says if elected, he would leave Fairburn immediately.

"We're bringing a positive campaign, and changes that we want to bring about in the parish," Ricks said.

The election is November 19th. Third place candidate Donald Burgess says he has not made a decision on an endorsement of Grimmer or Ricks.

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