District 8 drama unfolds as members may not vote to fill vacancy

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Four democratic Metro Council members tell us they may not vote to fill the seat left vacant by recently deceased Republican colleague Buddy Amoroso Tuesday afternoon.

Council members Chauna Banks, Lamont Cole, Erika Green and Donna Collins-Lewis would not vote to fill the seat held by Buddy Amoroso. 

Those who originally planned to vote revealed that they must have a conversation first.

These four metro council members say they will revisit their decision after they talk to Amoroso’s widow after being presented with concerns from other district eight affiliates.

“I think that this is absolutely disrespectful to the memory of Councilman Amoroso, and very rude in the face of his widow to play political games in a situation like this,” said council member Matt Watson.

“I would imagine they probably think there’s a lot of folks, at least four members of council that don’t have their best interest at heart that are playing political games with their future.”

Amoroso tragically died last month after he was struck while riding his bike in St. Francisville. 

Due to his sudden departure, Watson says he would like to keep the tradition going for the sake of Amoroso’s widow, as she will be most likely be delegated as his the interim replacement.

Remembering Buddy Amoroso

“She would be handling the day to day concerns of constituents in his area,but someone will be appointed and someone will be appointed from that district,” Barbara Freiberg of District 12 explained.

The council has 20 days from someone’s death or resignation to fill the seat. 

If they cannot come to an agreement, the Secretary of State must inform Gov. Edwards so that he may appoint someone until an election in March.

That appointed individual would promptly fill the vacant seat, but until then, Amoroso’s legislative aide still heads the office.

Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome exclusively released the following statement when asked about this seat filling fiasco:

It’s important for everyone to remember that we are still mourning the death of our former colleague. We have a longstanding tradition and precedent in which members of the metro council allow the family of the deceased member to honor their loved one by being named as the temporary replacement until an election is called. I cannot think of any reason why this should not be the path forward in this instance, if that’s the wish of his widow, Denise. There are times when we must put politics aside for the greater good of the community and I strongly believe this is one of those times.”
The council will vote for their interim replacement next Wednesday. 

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