Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts _lowres

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts

The union for employees of Jefferson Parish’s East Bank Consolidated Fire Department is backing At-Large Division A Parish Councilman Chris Roberts’ bid for re-election in the Oct. 24 primary, Roberts announced in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Robert Burkett, president of the Jefferson Parish Firefighters Association of Louisiana Local 1374, informed Roberts that the veteran incumbent had the union’s support in a signed letter dated Sept. 1. Roberts posted an image of the letter on his Facebook account early Saturday afternoon.

“Honored to have the support of the Jefferson Fire Fighters Association,” Roberts said in a statement accompanying Burkett’s letter. “One of the great pleasures of my job is working with the dedicated first responders that do a fantastic job across Jefferson Parish.”

The East Bank Consolidated Fire Department protects Metairie and other nearby unincorporated areas of the parish. The union for its employees did not support Roberts when he won his current seat four years ago.

The Republican Roberts — who is the Parish Council chairman — served as the representative for West Bank-based District 1 from 2004 to 2011. He’s been an at-large Parish Council member since 2011, when he defeated a candidate the Jefferson Parish Firefighters Association of Louisiana Local 1374 endorsed: Harahan City Councilman Tim Baudier.

Two signed up to challenge Roberts on Oct. 24 during a three-day political candidacy qualifying period that expired Thursday: former Kenner Mayor Louis Congemi as well as Jimmy Lawson.

Congemi — a Republican now living in Metairie — and Lawson, a Democrat from Gretna, have both previously served on the Parish Council.