Speaker sets election date for House seat in Jefferson Parish

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley on Friday called a special election for Nov. 16 to fill a vacancy prompted by the resignation of state Rep. Girod Jackson of Harvey.

Candidate sign-up for the House District 87 seat will be between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4.

If a runoff is required, the election would be held Dec. 14.

The district lies within Jefferson Parish.

Jackson resigned after he was charged by federal prosecutors with a felony count of lying on a tax return and misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file two others. Jackson’s bankrupt construction company has been at the center of several inquiries into conflicts of interest and improper billing.