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Apr 16, 2014 7:36 PM by Dave Fields and Tonya Lacoste

Long-time Sunset councilman retiring at the end of 2014

Six-term Sunset Councilman Dalton "Bulla" Belson, Jr., announced that he will retire when his term is over at the end of 2014.

"You have to listen to your body," said Belson, who said recently he has been recovering from two heart attacks.

Following 24 years of service for District 2 in the town of Sunset, Belson said he plans to take life a little easier and relax.

"It's time to slow down because of health reasons. I'll sit back and enjoy the rest of my life with my wife," Belson added.

Belson's interest in public service first began, he said, after his father was victimized by a gas explosion while employed with the town of Sunset. Belson said he served on the council because he had an interest in preventing mishaps like the one involving his father. Belson, a father of five, originally was elected as his district's first African-American councilman. During his tenure, Belson participated in funding the projects for a new city hall and a new community center.

The soon-to-be retiree remembers being able to help Sunset contract the services of Acadian Ambulance and Margaret Physical Therapy. Belson has advocated for the elderly during his career. Belson chaired the board for Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care and was appointed by Gov. Edwin Edwards to serve on the Drug Free Schools Advisory Committee.

Belson said he looks forward to enjoying his recliner.

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