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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Cheramie out of parish president race

Cheramie out of parish president race

In a surprise development that occurred on Monday, Lafourche Parish President candidate Harris “Chuckie” Cheramie, Jr., was forced to withdraw his name from contention, citing a district court order.

According to Cheramie, he was ordered to remove his name from the ballot due to outstanding fines owed to the Louisiana Ethics Board for missing past campaign filing deadlines.

Cheramie contends that he paid the fines for the past errors and that the money owed in question is a fine that he doesn’t believe he owes.

The state legislature has passed a law in recent years that states if a candidate qualifying for public office owes any type of income tax or fine to the state, they are not able to qualify as a candidate for public office until those debts are cleared.

“I paid the money in question and then they said that I owed more money after paying the first penalty, and that is what I disagree with,” said Cheramie.

The case was heard on Monday morning before a Lafourche Parish district judge.

“It’s not right. I haven’t done anything wrong and I disagree with the ruling,” he said.

Cheramie said he would like to thank his supporters and apologized for the turn of events.

“I thank all the people that supported my candidacy. This only hurts the good people of Lafourche Parish. Apparently, someone was motivated to get me out of this race.”

The ruling leaves four candidates in the race for Lafourche Parish President, Parish Councilmen Aaron Caillouet and Joe Fertitta, both of Thibodaux, Raceland businessman Jimmy Cantrelle, and incumbent Charlotte Randolph of Valentine.

Election day is October 24. Early voting is October 10 through October 17.