BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is now on a timeline to decide if an election will be held in March or November to fill the District 5 seat left vacant by Erika Green.

On Tuesday, members of the Metro Council, along with administrative members, met with residents of District 5 to update them on what District 10 East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Carolyn Coleman described as “coming down the pipeline.”

The purpose of the meeting was to have a discussion regarding the current vacancy, vacancy appointment, and election.

“Whether or not we would have an election in spring of 2022 with March 26th or in the fall of 2022 in November,” said East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks.

Banks recommended having the election in March so people in the district could have representation and it be someone they elected.

“We really believe that power is in the people,” said Banks.

Yet those people who hold the power sit on both sides of the discussion.

“I’m actually in favor of March because I think the quicker we get somebody in the seat the more representation we’ll have and we’ll be able to plug in with some things that are going on now,” said District 5 resident Johnnie Brown.

“I think that the best decision would be to have the election in November, March is too soon,” said District 5 resident Ashley Bennett.

The council has to make a decision before December 29th on what month the election will take place.

Until an election is held, six members of the council will fill the seat temporarily with an appointee at its January 12th meeting.

Although it’s not clear when, but a vote will happen to fill the seat permanently.

“It’s the voter’s decision and I feel as though being an active voter that it’s very important that our voices are heard,” said Bennett.

A public hearing will be held Wednesday to allow residents a chance to plead their case on which election date they would prefer.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. at City Hall.