Posted: Feb 11, 2010 6:45 PM by Jim Hummel
Updated: Feb 11, 2010 6:45 PM
The election isn't until March, but already the number of candidates running for Abbeville's District-B council seat just went from two to one, at least for now.
City councilman Francis Touchet objected to the candidacy of E.J. Broussard, his sole opponent in the upcoming elections for the city council, an objection that was upheld by a judge this morning.
"It was not about me against the candidate," Touchet said. "It was about the state of Louisiana law [which] states that a convicted felon cannot run for public office."
Touchet emerged victorious from court, the judge ruled Broussard's candidacy was invalid, because of a prior conviction in 2005 for aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation.
Broussard would have been eligible for office under two circumstances, first by obtaining either a gubernatorial or presidential pardon, which he could not get, or if 15 years had passed since his conviction.
"If [Touchet] thought he would win this race, we wouldn't be here right now," Broussard said, eluding to his popularity in District-B, evident by many support signs in the area.
Broussard has filed an appeal, the return date on that appeal is next Wednesday and because the elections are March 27th, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles will consider the appeal by next Friday.