LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)– Priscilla Gonzalez is no longer eligible to run for Lafayette mayor-president after being accused of not having lived in the parish for one year prior to qualifying, which is required in order to be eligible to run for the office.
The objection to her candidacy comes from Lafayette resident Aimee Boyd Robinson, who filed a petition to challenge Gonzalez’s eligibility with the 15th Judicial District Court. That challenged was upheld Friday.
Priscilla Gonzalez said she’s still in the Lafayette Mayor-President’s race, regardless of the judge’s decision Friday.
Gonzalez said she’s filing an appeal and says her campaign is not over. She is now firing back at people who brought her to court in the first place. She walked out of the courthouse Friday evening with her head held high, still eager to prove her residency in Lafayette.
“You can actually see here,” Gonzalez said. “This is the lease proving that I actually moved and resided in Lafayette, Louisiana. The judge just did not take that into consideration. The judge did say this is not enough to prove legal domicile in the state and parish county. So I’m still working as if I’m running for mayor-president. So, I’m not going to give up my campaign yet. I’m going to go through an appeals process, and then after that, whatever higher court I have to go to.”
While Gonzalez tries to prove her residency in Lafayette, she said she’s not afraid of a good fight. She’s now fighting back against Robinson and another Lafayette resident, Matthew Humphrey.
The mayor-president hopeful said while she continues her campaign, she’s filing a cease and desist letter against Robinson and Humphrey. Gonzales claims they’ve been threatening her.
“They’re actually stalking me,” Gonzales told News 10.” They’re actually making phone calls. Aimee Robinson actually did post a Facebook post that she’s going to dig into my personal finances. I have that included with my cease and desist letter, and I will be filing that against Aimee Robinson and Mr. Matty.”
“Any type of threats actually pointing towards me, any type of physical threats,” she added. “I’ve gotten phone calls saying be careful where you drive. Don’t eat or drink anything that people actually give you. I am taking those threats seriously. Full attack people are camped parked outside of my house. That is extremely unacceptable, and that is harassment. So as of right now, this is a verbal confirmation to Matthew and Aimee Robsinson to cease and desist all attacks,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez is one of three candidates who qualified to run for Lafayette mayor-president in the Oct. 14 primary election, along with incumbent Josh Guillory and challengers Monique Blanco Boulet and Jan Swift.
While she was disqualified, Gonzalez told News 10 the court hearing was actually uplifting, as the judge properly guided her to which documents she has to provide to get back in the race.