Council deadline passes with no appointment; mayoral issue goes to governor

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Monday, July 18 has come and gone without a special meeting of the Minden City Council to appoint an interim mayor to fill out the term of the late Terry Gardner.

Tuesday, July 19, the issue was passed to the governor to make the appointment, and Baton Rouge seems conspicuously quiet on the subject.

Interim mayor Wayne Edwards, District A councilman, is running the city at this point.

“Right now, I’m more concerned about the city budget,” Edwards said in an earlier interview. “We’re 1.5 million over on expenses, and we are working trying to get that number down. That’s my major interest right now.

“If we get that taken care of, we will give the other part some consideration,” he continued. “But my focus right now is just on that budget.”

Governor John Bel Edwards had 10 days to make an appointment, although only 8 of those days are now left. One source said he may not make the appointment until after qualifying closes Friday.

The next election is an Open Congressional Primary and will be held Nov. 8, 2022. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday).

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