Aug 21, 2014 7:19 PM by Kari Beal
Qualifying is underway for the November election, and already there are 16 people in the running for seats on the Lafayette Parish School Board. Anyone seeking a position has until 4:30 p.m. Friday to filing their qualifying papers.
Current board members Mark Babineaux, Greg Awbrey and Rae Trahan said they are not running for re-election. Babineaux is instead running for 15th district judge. The other six members have qualified to run.
There are nine positions in total to fill. In two districts, only one person has qualified to run. Those include Districts 1 candidate Mary Morrison and District 8 candidate Hunter Beasley. That means, if no else qualifies, these candidates will be school board members in November.
Elsewhere, the races are already taking shape. Districts 2,3,4,5,6,7 and 9 have multiple candidates running.
Here's the full list:
1: Mary Morrison
2: Tommy Angelle vs. Simon Mahan
3: Elroy Broussard vs. Shelton Cobb
4: Erica Williams vs. Tehmi Chassion
5: Kermit Bouillion vs. Britt Latiolais
6: Justin Centanni vs. Kathleen Schott Espinoza
7: Mark Cockerham vs. Dawn Morris
8: Hunter Beasley
9. Jeremy Hidalgo vs. Brian West