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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Two councilmen announce plans to run for parish president

Two councilmen announce plans to run for parish president

Two more people have announced their plans to run for the parish president seat this fall, and both are currently Lafourche parish councilmen.

Aaron Caillouet and Joe Fertitta announced their plans last week to run for the position held by Charlotte Randolph who is completing her third term this year.

For Fertitta, a Republican from Thibodaux, it will be his first run for the position. He represents the eastern edge of Thibodaux, Lafourche Crossing and St. Charles during his third term on the council.

Caillouet, however, who has no party affiliation, served as parish president from 1996-2000 and now represents much of Thibodaux city limits and neighborhoods north of the city.

Caillouet and Fertitta will be joined on the ballot by Harris “Chuckie” Cheramie, a Greater Lafourche Port Commission member and Galliano native.

According to the Daily Comet, Cheramie, a Democrat, said in January his main focus will be business development in Lafourche, which he said is not keeping up with Terrebonne Parish's growth.

Another potential candidate is Jimmy Cantrelle, a Raceland businessman and former president of the Lafourche Library Board who has made three previous attempts at the position. Cantrelle has past ties to the Democratic Party but said he would probably run as an independent.

Randolph, the Republican incumbent from Larose, has not officially announced whether she will run again for the seat.

The fall ballot also includes races for governor, state legislators and Parish Council members.

The primary election is scheduled for Oct. 24 with the runoff election set for Nov. 21.

Candidates will sign up, or qualify, Sept. 8-10.