This morning, former city-parish councilmen Lenwood Broussard and Rob Stevenson both say they will not be among the field of candidates. While last week he said he was “90 percent” certain he’d be running, Broussard says he now realizes he is not ready to sacrifice the kind of time it would take away from his business and family life. The same goes for Stevenson. Former councilman Randy Menard says he is also now leaning against running, but was waiting to see who else qualified for the race before making a final decision.
Also eyeing a run is Charlie Buckels, vice chairman of the state Republican Party who ran for the District 31 seat in 2003 and lost by 13 votes to Trahan. Reached this morning, Buckels remained noncommittal. “There’s a lot of a considerations,” he says. “If I do something like this, I will not do it half-heartedly; it’ll be diving in with everything I have.