Ernest Burguières, the feisty Mandeville councilman who has made a habit of sparring with Mayor Donald Villere, will face a challenge of his own in next spring’s election.
More than nine months before voters will go to the polls, Jeff Lyons, the son of former Mandeville Mayor Bubby Lyons, has announced that he will run against Burguières for the District 3 seat. The district includes much of the area known as Old Mandeville, east of the Causeway and close to Lake Pontchartrain.
The combative Burguières, who is in his first term, has fiercely defended what he has called Old Mandeville’s unique character, pointing to its pedestrian-friendly and diverse community. Other parts of Mandeville, he wrote in March, are “typical modern subdivisions that are isolated islands in the forest.”
Burguières’ sharp words have consistently brought him into conflict with Mayor Donald Villere, who once called the councilman an expert in “character assassination.” At other times, Burguières has clashed with his colleagues.
In announcing his candidacy, however, Lyons makes no mention of Burguières’ penchant for vigorous debate.
Instead, he is running to “restore strong leadership” to District 3 and says his platform is “inclusivity between homeowners and business.” Lyons says Burguières lacks “vision” for the district and the city.
The election is March 5.
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An earlier version of this story misstated Bubby Lyons’ first name as Buddy. The New Orleans Advocate regrets the error.