One of two challenges to Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts’ bid for reelection was dismissed Monday when the challenger failed to show up to court.
Meanwhile, a challenge to the candidacy of one of Roberts’ challengers — Kenner Mayor Louis Congemi — was also dismissed.
Kenner attorney Connie Montgomery filed her challenge against Roberts last week, saying in two separate but identical lawsuits that Roberts qualified with an address other than where he lives.
State district Judges Stephen Enright and Raymond Steib dismissed the lawsuits after Montgomery did not show up to court.
Montgomery on Monday said that she missed the hearings because she has a chronic medical condition that “incapacitates” her when it flares up, which it did Monday. She said she intended to introduce evidence showing that Roberts resides in Gretna and not at the Harvey address he said he lives at in his qualifying paperwork.
Roberts still has one other challenge to his candidacy pending, filed by attorney Stephen Petit. It was in recess Monday afternoon in front of Judge Lee Faulkner.
Congemi’s case concerned whether comments he made to a New Orleans Advocate reporter about which seats he might run for constituted a political announcement, triggering deadlines that required him to file campaign finance reports with the state.
But Judge June Berry Darensburg ruled Monday that comments he made in one of the stories indicated he had not yet made his decision.
— Staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.