March election date set for East Baton Rouge’s Metro Council District 5 seat

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An election date has been set to fill outgoing East Baton Rouge Councilwoman Erika Green’s seat.

The election is scheduled for March 26 after the Metro Council approved a date, with seven council members voting for it and three against it.

The council had until December 29th to choose between March and November election dates. During Wednesday’s special meeting, the majority of District 5 residents in attendance favored the date selected, saying it would be more beneficial to the voters.

“Call an election as soon as possible so that we can have a voice who represents our district,” said District 5 resident Debra Taylor.

“I oppose the early voting because it doesn’t allow adequate time for voting registration for adults,” said District 5 resident Hope Jackson.

“I understand that our election will be the only issue on the ballot, but voters like myself will turn out just as well,” said District 5 resident Dorothy Thomas.

Until the seat is filled, an appointee will be named at the Metro Council’s January 12th meeting. It is unclear who the council will appoint, but District 5 residents say it should not be a person who is seeking the seat long term.

“If you appoint someone who is going to run, they’re going to get elected. Ms. Rocca was elected, Mr. Cole was elected, Ms. Green was elected. Majority of this council get to make a decision to usurp our authority as voters and I’m asking you not to do that,” said Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers.

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