Feb 27, 2013 1:31 PM by Ian Auzenne
The Baldwin Board of Alderman will hold a special meeting tomorrow night to fill a vacancy created when the Louisiana Supreme Court declared an alderman ineligible to hold office. Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Alderman Tony Gibson was ineligible to serve due to a prior felony conviction. By law, a convicted felon cannot run for office unless he has received a governor's pardon or unless 15 years has passed since the end of his sentence. According to court documents, Gibson's sentence ended in 2002--only eight years before he was elected.
The board will select an interim alderman who will serve until a special election can be held to fill the post. The Secretary of State has set October 19 as the date for the primary election. A general election, if necessary, will be held October 19. Qualifying for the position will take place between August 14 and 16.