Iberville candidates qualifications questioned, get the boot
IBERVILLE - A judge in Iberville Parish yanked two names from the November ballot after the former candidates lied under oath and qualified without meeting requirements.
Edward James Jr. and Erick "Duck" Batiste were running for the office of alderman.
"I just didn't pay my fees on time when I was supposed to," Batiste admitted. "I tried to pay, but I couldn't before I qualified."
The State of Louisiana Board of Ethics sued the former candidates, saying they lied under oath about owing money to the state.
Wednesday, a judge disqualified them from running.
The Iberville Clerk of Court, Gerald "Bubbie" Dupont, Jr., says these kind of cases are common.
"We've had this happen in the past, where people come in and haven't paid their fines," Dupont said. "We have to go by their word. That's all I can go by. We're going to read over the qualification papers, but everything else is good, we're going to keep it the way it is."
James and Batiste have three days to contest the judge's decision.
The state is looking into 53 cases where people have qualified when they may not have met the requirements.