Two local attorneys came to the Rosepine Town Council, last Thursday, to share why they feel they would be a good option for the 30th Judicial District Court position, left vacant by the retirement of Judge Vernon B. Clark.

Assistant district attorney Tony Bennett and local attorney Lisa Nelson signed up to run for the position. Nelson has experience at running a campaign, having fallen in defeat in her last attempt. This is Bennett's first time running for the position.

During her speech at the Rosepine meeting, Nelson made it clear that she feels passionately about "protecting our children and families." She shared that she has a one-year-old.

As a registered Republican and member of the First Methodist Church, of Leesville, Nelson believes that it is her actions, not just words, which determine what kind of a person she is. "I believe in giving back to the community, by taking church outside of the church; to give back," she said.

Bennett shared with the council that he has four children, ages 25-13 years old, and two grandchildren. He said he is a conservative Christian, member of the NRA, and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. "I really appreciate that you started this meeting with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance," said Bennett.

"Our children and grandchildren are our future. They need to be safe in their homes and schools," he said. Bennett believes that part of their protection comes from breaking down drug problems in the area. "I am committed to the parish, and will ensure that the community is kept safe, if elected," he said.

The election is set for Oct. 14, 2017, with early voting taking place from Sept. 30-Oct. 7.