Iberville Parish voters to decide on term limits for council, parish president

IBERVILLE PARISH — In November, The Iberville Parish voters will decide whether the parish president and council member positions should have term limits.

The Iberville Parish Council voted 9-3 to adopt an ordinance amending the Home Rule Charter to enact term limits.

Councilmembers Shalanda Allen, Thomas Dominique Sr. and Nadia Jenkins all voted no. The measure now goes on the ballot for the November primary.

“I’ve got the longest run on the council,” Dominique said before the council voted on the item. “This is for my colleagues. It is so much easier for your district to vote for you than having the whole parish make the decision for you to stay on the board or not. You have an average of 20 to 21 voters in your district. Only 20% of them go out, 30 at the most to elect you. Why would I want the parish to change that? It doesn’t make sense but it’s not about Thomas Dominique. I’ve been on this for a while.”

If the Iberville Parish residents vote to approve the term limits, each position will be allowed to serve no more than three terms after Jan. 1, 2028.

“I’m a big supporter in sending it to the voters,” said Iberville Parish President Chris Daigle. “Send it to the voters and let your constituents make a choice because that’s who we represent.”

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