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Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux won't seek re-election

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Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced today that he will not be seeking re-election after his term ends in the fall.

“I have done what I was elected to do, and have decided not to seek re-election this fall. I will continue to push through important initiatives that I mentioned earlier. I will serve the remaining nine months of my term with the same level of dedication and effort. And I will always love Lafayette,” Robideaux said.

Robideaux said he feels accomplished in that Lafayette has improved economically during his administration.

“I have always committed myself and my efforts to making a better Lafayette. I can say today … that Lafayette is in the best financial position that it has ever been in,” Robideaux said.

Robideaux added Lafayette is on its way to maintaining a more stable economy.

“We have money in the bank, strong credit ratings, significant borrowing capacity, (all) while we’re heading into a more stable and diversified economy,” Robideaux said.

Before leaving his press conference, Robideaux said he would not take any questions. A KATC reporter in attendance still asked the mayor-president about his past negative statements on the Drag Queen Story Time controversy.

“Joel, why aren’t you running for mayor again? Is it because of Drag Queen Story Time?” he asked.

Robideaux did not answer the question and left the room.

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