BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Qualifying is now underway for the District 5 seat on the Baton Rouge Metro Council.

Two candidates have qualified for March 26 election.

Daniel Banguel and Dadrius Lanus, both Democrats, have qualified for the seat.

“I am committed to ensuring that our community continues to have a strong progressive voice on the Metro Council. I look forward to the opportunity to continue my work on education; strengthening the economy to help create new good-paying jobs with benefits, and expanding health care to make it more accessible and affordable,” said Banguel.

Daniel Banguel qualifies for Metro Council District 5 special election (Courtesy: Daniel Banguel)

“We have so many pressing issues but one of the most important issues that we’ve been talking about within district 5 has been crime. District 5 is the most populated district in terms of black voters and we definitely need proper representation inside of this area” said Lanus.

Darryl Hurst was appointed as interim councilman to represent District 5 during a special meeting earlier this month.

The seat became open when Erika Green was elected judge last November.

The winner of that election will serve in the seat until Green’s original term expires in 2024.

Qualifying will continue through Friday.