Elections 2018: Blanchard’s mayor seeks re-election

Blanchard mayor draws a challenger in Nov. 6 elections

BLANCHARD, LA (KSLA) - Two people - incumbent Jim Galambos and Blanchard businessman Steve Umling - are vying for the top seat in Blanchard on Nov. 6.

Galambos was appointed as mayor in 2016.

Umling is a Blanchard alderman. He declined to be interviewed by KSLA News 12.

“Do you like the direction Blanchard has been headed the past couple years?" Galambos asked. “If you do, then please cast your vote for me on Nov. 6.”

Galambos, who has been living in Blanchard since 1991, moved to the quiet town from Shreveport.

“It’s a great place to raise a family. ... It’s the best kept secret in Caddo Parish.”

If re-elected, Galambos aspires to see the town flourish through interacting with his constituents face to face.

“I can devote as much time to the town as needed. One of the things I love to do is go out and talk to people. So if we get a problem ..., I like to go out and talk to the people.”

Galambos believes voters in Blanchard are concerned mainly about property standards, as well as crime and safety.

He hopes to actively expand the Police Department if re-elected.

“Our police chief and I have had meetings with the council about adding additional police officers. Adding new patrols cars to be more present ..., that all comes in time.”

Blanchard is a town with close to 4,000 residents.

Galambos plans to continuously strive to help the town blossom.

“Blanchard will be growing substantially. It has grown and we are one of the fastest-growing towns in Northwest Louisiana.”

If elected, this would be Galambos' first full-term in office.

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