Former State Senator, Convicted Felon Seeks Jefferson Parish Council Seat

A former state Senator, who is also a convicted felon, is looking to run for a council seat in Jefferson Parish.

Former state Senator Derrick Shepherd says he can run after voters reduced the amount of time a convict has to wait to run for public office.

Shepherd is running for the District 3 seat.

He was sentenced to three years in jail ten years ago after pleading guilty to money laundering charges.

Shepherd will possibly face off against former councilman Byron Lee, school board member Cedric Floyd and Ricky Burns.

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