Nathan Stubbs

Seven vie for District 6 council seat

by Nathan Stubbs

Seven hopefuls have submitted their names to be considered when the council meets to appoint a replacement for District 6 councilman Bruce Conque. Conque announced last month he would be leaving the council for a new job with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. The council will be appointing an interim replacement for Conque at its Oct. 7 meeting. The appointee will serve through April 4, 2009, when a special election will be held to determine who will fill out the remainder of Conque’s term. Whoever the council appoints to serve in the interim will not be allowed to run for the seat next spring. The deadline for interested applicants was yesterday at 5 p.m.

The seven applicants include KVOL program director and talk radio host Todd C. Elliott, attorney Judith Kennedy, local sales rep Raymond Doré, retired oilfield executive Lewis Kellog, retired businessman Richard Prevost, and Tsunami owner Michele Ezell. A final application came in Monday from local attorney John Bernhardt, who’s also chairman of the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee.