BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Darryl Hurst was voted in as interim for District 5 councilman.
Hurst received eight out of 11 possible votes. Three council members did not vote.
The District 5 seat has been vacant since councilwoman Erika Green’s resignation. She resigned after she was elected as an EBR family court judge. Hurst, who is a businessman, ran in 2020.
“The one thing I did take from that race is I got it right at 42 percent. I believe that was a strong sign from the community that the idea, vision, value and plans resonated with the constituents,” said Hurst.
Hurst was one of four candidates for this position–including East Baton Rouge School Board member Dadrius Lanus.
Councilwoman Chauna Banks and Mayor Pro Tem Lamont Cole casted their votes for Lanus.
“For far too long this district has been duped. It has the largest population of black voters in the entire city and parish, it needs the proper representation. Not no one-someone who is going to come in and use us as an opportunity to build themselves up,” said Lanus.
Hurst grew up in North Baton Rouge. He says his number one priority is economic growth.
“I have a plan that will take the community from welfare to disposable income within 2-4 years,” he said.
Lanus and Hurts plan on running during the special election to permanently fill the seat.
A special election will be March 26. The winner of that election will serve in the seat until Green’s original term expires in 2024.