Sulphur City Council candidate found dead

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

A candidate for Sulphur City Council was found dead Sunday morning, authorities said.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said the body of Frederick H. “Fred” Baden II was discovered at his home by a family member.

Police have ruled out foul play and suicide at this time. Baden was 35.

“Apparently, he died in his sleep at some point last night,” Coats said Sunday afternoon.

Police are investigating it at this time as a natural death, Coats added.

His body has been turned over to the Calcasieu Parish coroner’s office, which will rule on the cause of death within the next

4-6 weeks.

Baden recently announced his candidacy

for the District 4 Sulphur City Council seat. The election is three

weeks away on Saturday,

April 6.

Baden, a Republican, lived in Sulphur for seven years. He was a master plumber and owned his own plumbing company.

Baden had said he learned a great deal

about government from his father, who had only an eighth-grade

education, yet started

his own plumbing company, served on the Pineville City Council for

four years and served as mayor of the city for 28 years.“I listened,

watched and learned how city government should be open, ran and

influenced by the voters,” Baden has said. “My

majoring in business gives me an edge into the fiscal operations

of a municipality. I have a professional background in public

utilities. I also come from a family with deep ties to local fire

and police departments.”

He has said the future of Sulphur “is the next generation.”

“It is my belief that we should leave our beloved city in better shape than we came to find it and not just kick the can down

the road,” Baden has said.

He is survived by his wife, Celeste, and six children.