With Bruce Conque stepping down from his District 6 city-parish council seat effective Oct. 1, the search is already on to name his successor. The council will have 15 days from Conque’s last day to appoint a replacement. The council’s appointment will serve some seven months until a special election can be held next spring to determine who will fill out the remainder of Conque’s term. Whoever the council appoints in interim will not be allowed to run for the seat in the special election, according to the city-parish home rule charter. Council Chairman Don Bertrand says anyone who is interested in being appointed as an interim District 6 council member should send a letter of intent and resume to clerk of the council Norma Dugas. Applicants must be 18 years of age and registered to vote for the past six months within District 6. “It’s not my job to choose who District 6 wants to represent them,” Bertrand says. “It’s their choice in the spring. What we’re going to do is just try and see who wants to serve in the interim and we’ll pick someone who’s got the community’s interest in mind.”

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