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Former Lafayette Mayor Dud Lastrapes has passed away 

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William Dudley Lastrapes Jr. served as mayor of the city of Lafayette from 1980-1992, prior to implementation of the consolidated form of government that exists today.

He was the first Republican to serve as mayor of the city after Reconstruction, elected at a time when Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the city and parish. That would change over the years, with registered Republicans outnumbering Democrats today.

Source: The Advocate