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|Qualifying under way in two special elections|
Qualifying is under way for a special election to fill several Ouachita Parish offices.
Voters will go to the polls Oct. 17 to name a police juror to represent District D on the Ouachita Parish Police Jury. Dorth Blade represented District D until his death earlier this year. Blade's wife, Rubbie, was appointed to represent District D until a special election could be held to name Dorth Blade's successor.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, two candidates had qualified in the District D race.
Former police jury president Daryll Berry qualified as well as Dr. Ollibeth Reddix, a dentist.
Berry served several terms as a juror before he was charged with unauthorized use of a movable in 2004.
Berry pled no contest in 2005. He received a pardon as a first-time felony offender, which allows him to seek public office.
"I'm moving forward," Berry said. "I'm not looking at the past."
"I'm asking people to look at my record of service for eight years and what I've done not only for my community but for the whole parish," Berry said.
Reddix said she decided to run the District D post after working with police juror Pat Moore on neighborhood improvement efforts.
"I met her shortly after she took her position," Reddix said. "I work with a boy's group Project Esteem."
Project Esteem is a mentor program and Reddix said she worked with Moore through the program, which provides positive mentors for at-risk boys.
"When Coach Blade passed, I was working on a patient," Reddix said. "When I saw that, I said call Ms. Moore because it's time to get into this matter."
Three candidates have qualified for the open Ward 6 constable post.
Michael "Bruce" Colvin, Bobby Joe Griggs and William "Bill" Matheny have qualified to fill the seat vacated by Mike Lee, who was ruled ineligible to hold office because of a felony conviction.
Also on the October ballot is an open justice of the peace position for Ward 1.
Qualifying ends Friday afternoon.