John Rogers, who drew 4 percent of the vote in the four-man primary for Lafayette Parish sheriff on Oct. 24, has endorsed Chad Leger in his runoff battle with Mark Garber.
Rogers’ endorsement on Tuesday comes after Rick Chargois, who pulled 11 percent of the vote in the primary, backed Garber in an announcement on Friday.
“Over the last 10 months, I’ve had the unique opportunity to observe the candidates for sheriff up close. Since day one, Chad Leger has treated me and my family with respect. He has proven himself to be open, friendly and a man of his word. Perhaps most importantly, he has carefully listened to my concerns about what needs to be improved in the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Rogers said in a written statement.
Garber and Leger are vying to replace longtime Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom, who is retiring.
In the October primary, Garber received 46 percent of the vote, followed by Leger with 39 percent.
Garber is an attorney with experience in law enforcement and as a prosecutor, and Leger is a Sheriff’s Office veteran who is serving his fourth term as police chief in Scott.
Leger also has been endorsed by Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux, Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou, Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope and Col. Rob Maness’ conservative GatorPAC.
Garber has been endorsed by Neustrom, Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout and Duson Police Chief Kip Judice.
The runoff is set for Nov. 21.