District 7 City-Parish Councilman Don Bertrand will not seek a third term in office, making him the second incumbent on the nine-member council to pass on a bid for re-election.
Bertrand, who has had various health issues over the past year, said Thursday his decision was driven in part by advice from his doctor.
“I was told to make some lifestyle changes and reduce my stress,” he said.
The councilman also said that he was recently married, and his new home probably will not be in District 7, which takes in a portion of south Lafayette.
“I plan to stay involved as much as I can — or as much as I want to be — and be a Joe citizen again,” Bertrand said.
Two candidates already have announced plans to seek the District 7 seat: teacher Nanette Simon Cook, whose father, Al Simon, served on the Lafayette City Council before the consolidation of the city and parish governments, and Joseph “Bobby” Richard, pastor at Hope Alive Freedom Church in Lafayette.
Bertrand’s decision not to seek re-election comes a few weeks after District 8 City-Parish Councilman Keith Patin said he would not seek a third term.
“I’m just tired. I don’t feel the passion to serve anymore,” Patin said in April. “Nobody says you have to do three. I’ve served my time.”
Patin, whose wife died in 2013, said he planned to refocus on his family and career.
Lafayette businesswoman Carol Ross has announced her intention to the run in District 8, which includes the River Ranch area.
Ross is president of Edge Communications, a marketing, public relations and advertising firm. She can often be heard as a panelist on KPEL radio’s “Wingin’ It Wednesday” news show. Ross is married to former state Rep. Ron Gomez.
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