The Southwest Louisiana Community Coalition for Action, Inc. President Rev. J. L. Franklin called and led a press conference supporting DeRidder City Councilman-at-Large Michael D. Harris in his fight to retain his seat on the city council.
The first lawsuit, filed 11 days after the election in April ended when Judge Eric Herrington decided that the city failed to follow the State of Louisiana's Code of Elections by challenging Harris's eligibility after the election rather than after he filed for the position in January. A second lawsuit was filed on Friday to declare Harris's council seat vacant.
Rev. Franklin said the coalition and supporters of Harris were surprised and deeply saddened by the continued push from Former Mayor Ron Roberts and that these actions were causing division and discord in the community because Roberts refuses to accept the will of the people in DeRidder.
Attorney Michael McHale backed Mayor Misty Clanton's statement that she had no authority to intervene and said that he and his client are considering options to file a motion to recuse District Attorney Lestage from the litigation.