Longtime Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagassewill run for parish president this fall, he announced Friday on his Facebook page.
Voters first elected Lagasse, 75, to the council in 2003. He served two four-year terms, from 2004 to 2012, representing a council district that stretched from Metairie and River Ridge to parts of the West Bank. He then ran unopposed for the council’s Division B at-large seat and has held it since 2012.
About 6 p.m. Friday, a message on the “Re-Elect Elton Lagasse” page on Facebook read, “We’re very excited to announce that Elton Lagasse will further commit his service to this parish by running for parish president.”
Parish President John Young announced in August that he would run for lieutenant governorin the 2015 gubernatorial election on Oct. 24. Other candidates who have announced for that office are former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas.
Lagasse is the first person to announce he is seeking the parish presidency.
Before being elected a councilman, Lagasse spent 13 years on the Jefferson Parish School Board. The River Ridge resident also was superintendent of Jefferson public schools for nine years.
He was king of the 2014 Krewe of Argus parade in Metairie.