"Child care ... should come before public office or anything else," Lamandre was told by 76-year-old board member Charles Emile "Peppi" Bruneau Jr., a retired legislator who steered the debate before the matter was denied, 5-2.
"Life is full of choices, and that's one of them," Bruneau said, according to the official recording of the November 16 board meeting. "Nobody forces you to run for public office. But you have a child, and that is your primary responsibility, to provide for that child.
"I don't think you need to be raising money to run for an office to do that," he continued. "I just think it's a misplaced priority."
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