Nathan Broussard, a candidate for Lafayette City Marshal, can run, a judge has ruled.
The District Attorney's office had filed an objection to his candidacy after a registered voter in Lafayette presented evidence to the district attorney’s office to formally question whether Broussard lives in the city or doesn't.
In his ruling, District Judge Jules Edwards said that Broussard presented evidence that he is selling his Scott home and living in a Lafayette condo, and that he no longer claims a homestead exemption on the Scott home.
Here's the full ruling:
The challenge to Broussard's candidacy was one of three filed in the City Marshal race.
Two judges already have ruled on two separate challenges to suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope; they both determined that Pope is not eligible to run for re-election. To read about that, click here.
As KATC Investigates reported last week, 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.