BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Metro Council has announced a special meeting to appoint an interim council member to represent East Baton Rouge Parish's 8th District following the death of Councilman Buddy Amoroso in a West Feliciana Parish bicycle wreck.
The meeting will be held Thursday, July 19 at 5 p.m.
Typically, when an EBR council member dies, the family selects an interim replacement. Whoever is selected as Amoroso's replacement will fill the vacant seat for about nine months until an election in spring 2019. The person elected will then serve the remainder of the term through 2020.
Four democratic council members announced Tuesday they would abstain from voting to fill the vacancy, however, those council members later amended this announcement, saying they would revisit the decision after speaking with Amoroso's widow.
Council members Chauna Banks, LaMont Cole, Erika Green, and Donna Collins-Lewis all said they would abstain from voting to fill Amoroso's vacancy.
It's believed the four Democratic council members said they would abstain from voting to fill the vacancy in an effort to get Governor John Bel Edwards to appoint a replacement himself before a special election can be held at a later date.
Amoroso's wife released a statement in regards to Tuesday's announcement from those council members:
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement Tuesday evening as well:
Later in the night, the four council members sent an additional release, saying they will reconsider their decision after speaking with Amoroso's widow, Denise.