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Lafayette Parish residents join lawsuit in defense of charter amendment

Posted at 7:23 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 12:31:08-04

Six Lafayette Parish residents are defending the actions of LCG after they approved an ordinance in March that corrected the errors in the Lafayette City Council districts.

The residents filed a petition Thursday afternoon in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Keith Kishbaugh, who, according to a spokesman with Fix the Charter, is running for the Lafayette Parish Council, and the Secretary of State, with assistance from the State Attorney, all sued LCG, seeking to invalidate the March ordinance, which would force a new election.

The six residents are all registered voters in Precint 74, which was one of the areas mistakenly left out of the district map in December.

If the judge rules in favor of Kishbaugh and the Secretary of State, another election about the issue cannot be brought forward until a year after it initially went on the ballot, meaning voters would elect city-parish council members to serve for the next four years.

Attorneys Travis Broussard, Gary McGoffin, and Steven Ramos have volunteered to represent the residents. McGoffin tells KATC a hearing is scheduled for April 29. They will then meeting in court again on May 8.