Forum for local Senate seat set for Friday

Two candidates from Thibodaux will join others in the crowded field seeking to succeed former State Sen. Troy Brown at a forum scheduled for Friday evening at the St. Luke Community Center.

Former political consultant Thomas Lyons and current Lafourche Parish Councilman Jerry Jones are the two candidates with strong Thibodaux roots. Twelve other candidates have also qualified for the election, which will be held April 29 at 6 p.m. A runoff, if needed, is scheduled for May 27.

The St. Luke Community Center is at 300 E. 11th St.

Lyons is affiliated with no party. Jones is a Democrat.

E-Learning Center director Al Carter – who considered a run for the seat but opted not to do so – is hosting a Facebook live broadcast of the event.

How man of the other candidates for the Senate District 2 seat will attend has not been determined.

The district includes portions of eight parishes, tracking the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche. It stretches from Port Allen in the north to parts of Thibodaux in the southwest and LaPlace and Killona in the southeast.

The candidates, in addition to Jones and Lyons, are former State Rep. Elton Aubert D-Vacherie; Wayne Brigalia R-Sunshine; Albert “Ali” Burl III D-Donaldsonville; Shannon Comery Sr. D-Donaldsonville; Chris Delpit, D-Gonzales; Warren Harang III, D-Donaldsonville; State Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Brusly; Patrick “Lawman” Lawless, D-Belle Rose; Willie Massey-Favre, no party-Geismar; John Mouton, R-Addis; State Rep. Edward “Ed” Price, D-Gonzales and Jamie Roussell, D-Mount Airy.

Brown, a Napoleonville Democrat, resigned under increasing pressure from colleagues in connection with his pleas of no contest in connection with physical violence against two separate women on two separate occasions.

Fellow lawmakers were preparing to launch expulsion hearings against Brown, who has complained of being unfairly treated in the cases. The charges against him, he noted are misdemeanors.

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