Chris “Moose” Garriga was today disqualified from his race for District Six of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ), The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled. The court’s action overrules a judgement last week by Louisiana’s Second Circuit Court of Appeal, which had upheld Garriga’s candidacy.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics (BOE) challenged Garriga’s candidacy, saying Garriga asserted on the notice of candidacy that he owed no outstanding fines, when in fact he did.
Garriga released this statement moments ago:
To the Citizens of Lincoln Parish:
I am very grateful for all of the support and prayers that my family and I have received over the past few months. We were certainly encouraged after we won the trial of this matter and even more encouraged after all of the five judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal agreed with us. Each time I had an opportunity to be heard, the court was able to see and hear the sincerity of my testimony. It was very disappointing to receive the ruling of the Louisiana State Supreme Court today.
The greatest thing that unfortunately now arises out of my disappointment is the support shown for me and my family over the past few months. I appreciate all of the sacrifices that my wife and children made for me to support my run for police jury. I am not leaving this campaign defeated, but rather with my head held high knowing that I did everything I could to represent myself and my family with the utmost honesty and integrity. Please keep me and my family in your prayers.
Chris “Moose” Garriga
As of post time, the State Supreme Court had not posted a written opinion on its website.