One week after claiming he was offered money to withdraw from the Ascension Parish president’s election, candidate Daniel Melancon has withdrawn his name from the election.
However, Melancon’s name will remain on the Oct. 22 primary election ballot because he withdrew his candidacy after a state election withdrawal deadline, according to a report issued Friday by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.
Votes for Melancon will not be counted, the secretary of state’s website states.
Challenger Kathryn Goppelt and Parish President Tommy Martinez remain in the race.
Melancon alleged on Sept. 16 that during a Sept. 9 breakfast meeting, Goppelt offered to pay his $225 campaign filing fee if he dropped out of the race.
Goppelt denied the accusation, saying she asked to meet with Melancon, 72, to find out why he was running for the office.
Melancon said he worked for Ascension Parish government as a utility operator for 15 years.
Melancon did not return a message left Friday at a telephone number listed on his candidacy application.