A hearing will be held on Friday to determine whether Sheriff Candidate Jose R. Chapa Jr. is able to run for Sheriff.
The hearing is the result of a challenge filed by Orallee Robinson, Daniel Shirley Jr., Nethaneel Savoie and Jeffery Denman.
The challenge was filed last week after Chapa officially qualified to run for Sheriff. Challenges to candidacy must be made within seven days of the notice of the candidacy filing period.
The challengers claim that Chapa does not meet the mandatory residency requirements to be eligible for the position. Chapa’s eligibility has been a controversial subject recently, as challengers have claimed that Chapa lived in Texas as recently as 2018.
On August 5, Chapa released a statement on Facebook claiming that he did meet the qualifications, and would be on the ballot.
The following is Chapa’s statement from August 5:
“Thank You, everyone, for the recent concern about my residency here in Beauregard Parish. Although some of the information provided may look as if I were disqualified let me clear the waters up.
My domiciled address since I was about five years old has been here in Beauregard Parish.
There are many different pieces of information that factor in to making an address my domiciled address.
Not just one or two pieces of information. I ask for each and every individual to please not worry. My name will be on the ballot and I ask, stay calm, hold on tight, and get ready for the ride.
It’s time to make Beauregard Parish Great Again. It’s time for calls to be answered. It’s time to make Beauregard Parish a place to have pride in calling home.”
The hearing will take place on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Beauregard Parish Courthouse. Judge Kerry Anderson will preside over the hearing.