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Sep 9, 2013 3:51 PM

Erath board to map course for selecting new mayor tonight

The town of Erath's monthly meeting will be a somber affair tonight as the town's board of aldermen begins the process of replacing Mayor George Dupuis, who lost his battle with cancer Sept. 1.

Because Dupuis had more than a year left in his term, state law requires that a special election be held. The board will most likely appoint an interim mayor and set a date for an election to fill the unexpired portion of Dupuis' term.

Erath Alderman John LeBlanc says the board will be following the lead of city attorney Don Landry through the process.

According to LeBlanc, no names have been floated yet for either for the interim job or as candidates in the special election.

"If someone expresses interest, that will be considered at the time," LeBlanc said Monday afternoon.

According to Meg Casper, communications director for the Louisiana Secretary of State's office, the board has until Sept. 23 to submit both a date for the special election and a candidate or candidate pool for the interim mayor position to the Secretary of State's office.

"They will set the date for the special election, but the name of the interim mayor will come through us and then to the governor," Casper said.

Once submitted to the Secretary of State, the potential interim mayor candidates will be forwarded to Gov. Bobby Jindal's office for approval.

The board's meeting will begin at 6 p.m. tonight in the Erath City Hall.

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