BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Denise Amoroso, the widow of former Baton Rouge metro councilman Buddy Amoroso, announced Thursday that she will run in a special election to keep the position on the council she’d been filling since he died in June.
Buddy Amoroso was biking along LA 66 in St. Francisville when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Nicholas Alexander, 21, of Lafayette. Buddy was pronounced dead at the scene. fellow cyclist Thomas Clement, 71, was seriously injured in the crash.
The special election will be held on March 30, 2019.
“After lengthy, meaningful discussions with my family and prayerful consideration, I am excited to announce this morning that I am running to finish what Buddy began,” she said in an email.
After his death, republican Denise Amoroso decided to fill the seat until a special election could be held. After heated debate, seven council members voted to appoint Denise, three abstained, and one was absent.
Some democratic members on the council said they would not vote for anyone to fill the vacant seat, a symbolic gesture that inflamed tensions on the council.
“These past few months have been tough on everyone in our family, but we’ve done what families do: pull together and focus on the day we’ve been given,” Denise noted in her announcement about running in the special election. “Along the way, I’ve earned an extended family - the residents of District 8 - who have embraced me as their interim councilwoman. Your friendship means more to me than you will ever know and now I look forward to earning YOUR vote very soon!”