Mar 29, 2013 7:14 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Lafayette Parish president's race

Six weeks after Lafayette Consolidated Government Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley filed his campaign finance report, he says he has intentions to run for Lafayette City Parish President, but his focus "has to be his current job." Parish President Joey Durel is term limited and isn't eligible to run again in the 2015 election.

According to the State Board of Ethics, Stanley has received $53,250 in financial contributions during the reporting period from April 17, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012.

Stanley is not actively working a campaign and says his priority is his current position as CAO. Stanley has not solicited funds. "People have come to me," he said. People like C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, Inc. contributed $1,000, while Acadian Ambulance CEO Richard Zuschlag's campaign donation was $1,250. Other funds have come from Acadian Ambulance Employee Political Action Committee, Inc., Balbeisi Business Consultants, Inc., and Wright & Roy, PLC., among others.

"I'm not running now. I'm CAO," Stanley said, as he mentioned, "We're two years at least from a campaign and three from an election."

Two Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen have expressed interest in running - District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux and District 7 Councilman Don Bertrand. Bertrand tells KATC he's considered running for parish president for a long time. "If I decide, it would be some time this year. I haven't started any fundraising," he said.

Boudreaux said he plans to form an exploratory committee, because that's he how makes political decisions. "I'll see then how Lafayette is as it relates to my running. It's a consideration, but it's not an absolute." For now, Boudreaux said he loves his job on the council.

Two others already in the political arena, District 2 Councilman Jay Castille and State Rep. Joel Robideaux, have reportedly expressed interest in the city-parish president position. They could not be reached for comment.



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