Donaldsonville Mayor and Council begin new terms with inauguration

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Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan is sworn-in Tuesday by Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. Photos by Michael Tortorich.

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Shown are members of the Donaldsonville City Council as they begin their new terms in office Tuesday night. From left, they are Brent Landry, Lauthaught Delaney, Rev. Charles Brown, Reginald Francis, and Raymond Aucoin. They are shown with Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.

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Councilman Brent Landry is sworn-in.

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Raymond Aucoin is sworn-in as Councilman.

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Councilman Lauthaught Delaney is sworn-in.

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Reginald Francis is sworn-in for a new term.

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Rev. Charles Brown is sworn-in.

Tuesday night, the Donaldsonville Mayor and City Council took the oath of office for their terms beginning in 2017.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan was re-elected in 2016, defeating Shannon Comery Sr.

All five Council members were unopposed in the 2016 election. Returning to their seats are Raymond Aucoin, Reginald Francis, Rev. Charles Brown, Lauthaught Delaney, and Brent Landry.

Landry was a newcomer to the Council in 2016, as he was appointed during the summer to serve in the district of longtime Councilman Emile Spano, who passed away.

The Council voted unanimously for Aucoin to remain as Chairman, and Delaney as Vice Chairman.

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, a native of the nearby Lemannville community, adminstered the oath of office. 

The Ascension Parish native attended New Orleans public schools before enrolling at Spelman College in Atlanta. She received a degree in Political Science in 1964, and went on to become one of the first African-American women to attend Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1969.

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