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Sulphur City Council candidate declines to contest election results

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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

A candidate for Sulphur City Council has declined to challenge the results of the April 5 election.

Randy Hebert, who lost to incumbent Dru Ellender by two votes, said he considered filling a lawsuit after he found out at least three people who should have voted in his district were provided with the wrong ballot.

Calcasieu Parish Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty told KPLC that Hebert, who ran for the District 1 seat, did not file the paperwork with her office. The deadline was 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Even before the election, officials warned voters that re-districting had created a lot of confusion. Some residents were bumped into new city council district and some precincts were split three ways.

Quienalty also said that early voting for next month's election begins Saturday.

Issues on the May 3 ballot include a run-off for mayor of Sulphur, Sulphur City Council District 4 and a number of tax proposals.

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