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Two Lafayette City Marshal candidates facing legal challenges to qualifications for office

DA requests hearing for objection to second candidate in Lafayette City Marshal race
Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 12:08:56-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — A second candidate in the race for Lafayette City Marshal will have to convince a judge why he is eligible to run for office.

District Attorney Keith Stutes has requested another expedited hearing to object to the candidacy of Nathan Broussard for Lafayette City Marshal.

According to court records filed on Friday, a registered voter in Lafayette has presented evidence to the district attorney’s office to formally question whether Broussard is able to run for city marshal.

As KATC Investigates reported Thursday, Broussard registered to vote using a Lafayette address, but he still claims homestead exemption for his home in Scott.

Broussard told KATC he was giving up his homestead exemption when he sold his home in Scott, but as of Thursday night there was no "for sale" sign outside the home.

According to the Lafayette Tax Assessor, as of July 31, records show that the homestead exemption has been removed for Broussard's residence in Scott.

Records show he changed his voter registration address five days before he qualified on July 22.

Broussard's hearing is set for Tuesday, Aug. 4, after two hearings challenging the candidacy of Brian Pope, also running for Lafayette City Marshal.

As KATC Investigates first uncovered this week, new documents show Pope has outstanding campaign finance fees from 2013 and 2018 totaling $5,000. More details on that story can be found in the links below.

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