Due to Hurricane Ike, the Lafayette city-parish council has extended the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for the council’s upcoming appointment to fill its District 6 vacancy. District 6 Councilman Bruce Conque announced last month he would be leaving the council in order to fully devote himself to a new job with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. The council will now be taking applications from interested residents of District 6 through 5 p.m. today. All applications should be sent to Council Clerk Norma Dugas, who can be reached at 291-8810. The council is expected to begin interviewing applicants over the next couple of weeks before making an appointment at its Oct. 7 meeting. The appointee will serve as an interim replacement through April 4, 2009, when a special election is held to determine who will fill out the remainder of Conque’s term. Whoever the council appoints as an interim replacement will not be allowed to run for the seat in the Spring special election.
Thus far, Dugas has received six applications. They include KVOL Program Director and talk radio host Todd C. Elliot, attorney Judith Kennedy, local sales rep Raymond Dore, retired oilfield executive Lewis Kellog, retired businessman Richard Prevost, and Tsunami owner Michelle Ezell.