Qualifying for the October election has closed. Several local officials drew no opposition. There are some familiar names and some newcomers among the challengers.
Sheriff Glen Edwards drew an opponent on the final day of qualifying. Tom Mangham submitted his papers to join the race. Mangham has made several unsuccessful attempts at the Sheriff’s job in past years.
Clerk of Court Stuart Shaw has an opponent also. Delvin Lewis filed on Thursday. Lewis has placed several signs around the parish in recent days.
Three candidates filed for Assessor. The incumbent, Becky Craig announced several months ago that she was not going to seek another term. Two employees of the Assessor’s office Dovie Beard and Vaughn Womack are vying for the job. They are joined by Tenisha Canterbury. All three have been actively campaigning for a couple of months.
All seven members of the Police Jury came up for re-election. Jurors William Brown from district 1, Ben Taylor from district 6, and Tray Murray representing district 7 did not draw any opposition.
District 2 Juror Brandon Hillman is opposed by Sammie Procell and Will Worsham. In district 3 Shawn Beard faces a challenge from Shane Young. Jessie Davis, who represents district 4 is being opposed by Eric Johnson. And in district 5, John “June Bug” Moore is being challenged by Joey Procell.
The other local office up for election is that of Coroner. Dr. Wyche Coleman, Jr. does not face any opposition this fall.
In the Legislative races, three candidates filed for the seat being vacated by Gerald Long. They are Louis Bernard of Natchitoches, Douglas Brown of Cheneyville and Trey Flynn of Alexandria.
For the state House, Terry Brown is not seeking re-election in District 22. Gabe Firment of Pollock and Carl Ray Lasyone of Colfax filed for that seat. State Representative Kenny Cox in District 23 drew no opposition.