|More candidates qualify for fall elections|
Several more local candidates qualified Thursday and Friday for the Oct. 2 primary election.
Qualifying for this fall's elections ended at 5 p.m. Friday.
Former Richwood Mayor Ed Harris, Democrat, whose trial for malfeasance in office begins Monday, qualified for the board of aldermen race in Richwood.
Almost one year ago, Louisiana State Police charged Harris with one count of malfeasance in office following an investigation of Richwood's finances.
The charge of malfeasance in office provides for imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Robin Barron, Anthony Homes, and Bruce McCoy, all Democrats, also qualified for Richwood's vacant aldermen seat.
In Monroe's special election to fill the unexpired city council term of the late Ben Katz, Gretchen Ezernack, Republican, drew a challenger Friday in the District 2 race. She will face Holly White Dixon, a Democrat.
Ezernack was appointed to fill Katz's seat until a special could be held. Katz died earlier this year. There is roughly one year remaining on Katz' term.
A number of people qualified Thursday and Friday for a seat on the Sterlington Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen in Sterlington are elected at-large, so the top five vote-getters will win a seat on the board.
Those who qualified were Sue Auttonberry, Republican; Al Benson, Jr., no party; Rusty Breland, Republican; incumbent Bonnie Dilmore, no party; incumbent Ronald Hill, Republican; Lucy Holtzclaw, Republican; Matilda King Parker, no party; Miranda McKinnie Russ, Republican; Randy Thompson, no party; and incumbent Caesar Velasquez, Republican.
Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland, Republican, qualified for re-election. Dale Lowery, no party, qualified to oppose Breland.
Three candidates qualified for Sterlington police chief. They were current chief Barry Bonner, "Jayne" Bullock and Robert Holtzclaw Jr., all Republicans.
Monroe attorney Charlie Heck Jr., Republican, qualified late Thursday for the Monroe City Court judge's race.
He will face Monroe attorneys Laurie Burkett, no party, and Jeff Joyce, no party, who both qualified Wednesday for the city court judge's race.
In the Ouachita Parish School Board races, 10 candidates qualified.
William "Bill" Norris, a Democrat who most recently served on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal, qualified for the District A school board race to succeed Jack White. White opted not to seek re-election to the school board. Jeffrey Counts, R-West Monroe; and Aaron "Wayne" Rayburn, no party, of Monroe, qualified for the District A race, too.
In District B, incumbent "Scott" Robinson, R-West Monroe, was re-elected without opposition.
In District C, incumbent A.R. "Red" Sims, D-West Monroe, will face "Tony" Guirlando, Republican.
In District D, incumbent Jerry Hicks, Republican of West Monroe, was re-elected without opposition.
Incumbent Rev. John Russell, Democrat of Monroe, will face Randall Collins, Democrat of West Monroe, for the District E seat.
In District F, incumbent Carey Walker, Republican of Monroe, was re-elected without opposition.
Incumbent Susan Spence, Republican Monroe, qualified Friday for the District G seat. She will face "Lou" St. Amant, Republican of Monroe.
In the Monroe City School Board races, nine people qualified.
Incumbent "Vickie" Dayton, Republican, was re-elected without opposition in District 1.
In District 2, incumbent "Vickie" Krutzer, Democrat, also was re-elected without opposition.
Incumbent "Mickey" Traweek, Republican, will face Daniel DeJarnette, Republican, in District 3 Monroe.
In District 4, Daryll Berry and Clarence Sharp, both Democrats, qualified.
In District 5, incumbent Rodney McFarland Sr., Democrat, was re-elected without opposition.
Incumbent Stephanie Shoulders Smith, Democrat, will face Verbon Muhammad, no party, in District 6.
In District 7, incumbent Brenda Shelling, Democrat, will face Glynn Ludley, Democrat.
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