Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts _lowres

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts

A lawsuit seeking to disqualify at-large Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts from his bid for reelection in the Oct. 24 primary was filed Tuesday afternoon.

The lawsuit, filed in 24th Judicial District Court by attorney Stephen Petit, alleges that Roberts was not up-to-date with his campaign finance reports when he signed up to run Wednesday.

The lawsuit also accuses Roberts of not filing state income tax returns for the past five years or asking for extensions to file in the past two years.

All of that is grounds for disqualification, the lawsuit alleges.

However, Roberts, a Republican from Harvey and current council chairman, disputes the claims. He issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying all his returns have been filed and resulted in refunds.

“We just got a copy of the suit and I am meeting with my attorneys,” he said. “They are entirely incorrect and we will address all of the items in the suit.”

Roberts is running to reclaim his Division A at-large seat against two challengers, Louis Congemi and Jimmy Lawson.

Congemi, the former Kenner Mayor, and Lawson are both former parish councilmen.

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