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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Council candidate withdraws from race

Council candidate withdraws from race

Ernest Boudreaux, a candidate for Lafourche Parish Council, District 7 in the October 24th primary, has withdrawn his name from the race following an investigation into his eligibility by the District Attorney’s Office.

Boudreaux said he didn’t want to put his family through the stress of the candidacy challenge and fully maintains he was qualified for the seat.

Boudreaux said in a statement: “While I am confident that I am qualified to run for Lafourche Parish Council District 7, I do not want to put my family through a challenge to my candidacy. I also think a candidacy challenge will distract the voters from the real issues facing District 7. Consequently, I am withdrawing from the election.

That said, I encourage everyone to go out and vote in the upcoming election. As always, I will support the people of Lafourche Parish in any way I can.”

Last Friday, D.A. Cam Morvant acknowledged he was investigating where Boudreaux lived over the past year after he received a complaint.

Boudreaux ran for Houma City Marshall last year but was defeated. He lived in a house in Lockport but also rented a home in Houma.

Lafourche Parish’s Home Rule Charter requires a candidate to live in the district where they are seeking election for at least a year before qualifying ends.

Candidates can own or rent several homes, but they can only run in the district where they received homestead exemption.

Woody Falgout, Boudreaux’s attorney, said the confusion stems from the fact that Boudreaux’s home is still listed under his wife’s deceased husband’s name.

Boudreaux’s wife, Roxanne, stayed in the house after her husband died.

Ron Sapia, one of Boudreaux’s opponents, filed the complaint.

The race for District 7, to replace councilman Phillip Gouaux, who chose not to seek re-election, now includes Armand “Noonie” Autin, a Republican from Lockport, and Sapia, no party listing, also from Lockport.

Early voting for the October 24th primary is Oct. 10 through Oct. 17.