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Donaldsonville City Council challenger’s appeal dismissed

Michael Tortorich

The Court of Appeal First Circuit dismissed an appeal of a district court decision disqualifying a candidate in the upcoming Donaldsonville City Council election.

Donaldsonville City Council member Reginald Francis Sr., shown at left, has contested the candidacy of challenger Shentelle “Lou” Daigle, right.

Attorneys Seth Dornier and Jonathan Holloway, representing Shentelle “Lou” Daigle, appealed the Aug. 7 judgment of 23rd Judicial District Judge Emile St. Pierre. The judgement disqualified Daigle from running against incumbent Reginald Francis Sr. in the city’s District 3 race.

According to court records, the Court of Appeal judgement was rendered Aug. 14 in Baton Rouge.

The appeal was not filed until Monday, Aug. 10 at 2:15 p.m. Challenges pursuant to the Election Code, which includes challenges to candidacy, must be made by noon the next legal day.

Originally, St. Pierre ruled Daigle ineligible due to her voter registration listing an address outside of the city limits.

In a separate residency challenge, Trevis Fernandez was found to meet the requirements to remain in the race for District 4. He faces incumbent Charles Brown Sr. and David Joseph Jr.

Daigle has been politically active as an organizer of the Donaldsonville Community Care Committee. The group held a protest march and rally in the city last month.

The CCC has endorsed Daigle, Fernandez, District 2 challenger Kurt Mitchell, District 1 challenger Russell Gray, and mayoral candidate Glenn Price. 

During a recent podcast episode of “504 Radio,” Price acknowledged he is awaiting trial for a felony theft charge. 

Prosecutors in West Baton Rouge Parish accuse the 63-year-old candidate of defrauding Louisiana Scrap Metal in Port Allen of more than $57,000 by colluding with staff members of the business to falsify receipts.

Prosecutors have said they have video evidence of the crime, while Price has maintained the accusation is a lie.

Price, a Democrat, and Travis London, No Party, are challenging four-term Mayor Leroy Sullivan, who is registered as a Democrat.