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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Qualifying ends, campaign season begins

  • The qualifying period for fall elections in Vernon Parish, which began Wednesday July 7, ended Friday, July 9 with a passel of new candidates ready to run against incumbents for school board positions and the positions of aldermen, chief of police and mayor.


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  • The qualifying period for fall elections in Vernon Parish, which began Wednesday July 7, ended Friday, July 9 with a passel of new candidates ready to run against incumbents for school board positions and the positions of aldermen, chief of police and mayor.
    The office of Clerk of Court Willie Deon, Jr. was required by law to stay open Friday until 5 p.m., giving all potential qualifiers time to submit their names to be placed on the ballot.
    "We always have last minute people coming in to qualify," said Deon. "It's their right, and we'll be here to take their names."
    Many of the Clerk of Court staff, including Deon himself, were on hand until the old courthouse clock struck 5 p.m., waiting for last-minute qualifiers to sign up and have their names added to the ballot.
    The parish will hold several key elections Oct. 2, according to Deon. These elections include all school board members as well as Hornbeck and Rosepine mayors, chief of police and aldermen.
    Any runoffs will be held Nov. 2, and newly elected officials will take their offices as of Jan. 1, said Deon.
    A few last-minute candidates did show up at the Clerk of Court's office just before 5 p.m. to add their names to the list. In order to qualify, potential candidates must be registered to vote in the district in which they live; they must also pay $230.
    "The money goes to the ... party's convention, to the parish where the qualifier lives, to the Secretary of State, who sets up the elections and to the office of the Clerk of Court," said Deon.
    Those who run under no party pay a lesser fee of $115.
    Candidates for school board positions include Alton Bailey, Doug Brandon and incumbents Mel Harris, Robert Pynes, Jr., Randi Schamerhorn-Gleason and Steve Woods for district 1; Jerry Jeane and incumbent Ricky Reese for district 2; Robert Blow and incumbent Vernon Lee Travis, Jr.  for district 6; Herman Hall and John Blankenbaker for district 7; and Gerald Cooley and incumbent Kay Wilbanks for district 8. Running unopposed are incumbents Beryl Ford for district 3; Randy Martin for district 4; and Mike Perkins for district 5.
    Incumbent Clarence Beebe is running unopposed for the position of mayor in the town of Hornbeck.
    Also In Hornbeck, Doyle Carpenter, Jose Chavez, "Greg" Lantier, Lawrence Trotti and Terri Whiddon, all incumbents, are running with newcomer Jon Hyatt for the positions of aldermen.
    Incumbent Stieve Holley is running unopposed for the position of chief of police for the town of Hornbeck.
    In Rosepine, incumbent Bruce E. Ward, Jr. is being challenged by Donna Weeks-Duvall for the office of mayor.
    In addition, Ricky Burnett, James David Jones and incumbent James Dennis Parrott are running for the position of chief of police of Rosepine.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rosepine aldermen hopefuls include incumbents James "Jimmy" Cryer, Damon Johnson, Daniel Martinez, Billy Owens and "Jeff" Solinsky and newcomers Dennis Craft, Doris Johnson, Marlon Vander and Judy Weeks-Green.
     
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