Before Joel Robideaux took the oath of office as Lafayette's City Parish President, Joey Durel held the post for four years.

From 1980-1992, Dud Lastrapes was the Mayor of the City of Lafayette.

Both men have now issued a joint statement stating their reasons why they are hoping that Lafayette voters will vote "yes" on the charter change this Saturday, December 8.

Here is a copy of the letter:

Lastrapes & Durel Letter, Kpel Photo

If approved, the measure would make several changes to Lafayette's Home Rule Charter.

Some people have criticized the change, saying it creates more questions about how government will run,

There is also a provision in the change that critics have questioned do to language that suggests the Lafayette City Council would still need to get approval from the Lafayette Parish Council on some decisions.

Proponents of the change, like Durel and Lastrapes, say passing this change will give Lafayette's autonomy back.

A proponent of the change, Kevin Blanchard, and a man against these changes, Andy Hebert, joined Kpel previously to discuss the issues. You can click here to hear what they had to say.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.