Aug 19, 2013 1:00 PM by Ian Auzenne

Candidates set for October 19 elections

Qualifying has ended for the October 19 special election. Some races will not make it to the ballot because they are being run unopposed. However, voters in four parishes will vote in municipal and school board elections.

Residents in St. Landry Parish will select two new school board members.

The first race is to fill the District 3 seat formerly held by John Miller, who pleaded guilty in July in a federal bribery case. Interim member Faltery Jolivette and Milton Ambres are seeking the position.

The second race will fill the District 6 post left vacant when longtime board member Ronald Carriere died in March. Interim member Donnie Perron and Bambi Polotzola are running to complete Carriere's term.

In Krotz Springs, Keith Ardoin and John Craig Burghdoff will run against each other for the District E council seat. The seat became vacant after Louis Polotzola resigned from office.

In Jeanerette, the interim mayor and a town alderman are running to become the town's next mayor.

April Foulcard and Kenneth Kern tossed their names into the race during qualifying. Foulcard resigned as alderman at large to become interim mayor following Tim de'Clouet's death in July. Kern is in his second term as a Jeanerette alderman.

Three people are looking to replace Foulcard as alderman at large. Russel Boutte, Leo Lee, and Christia "Tia" Simmons are running for the position.

Another seat on the Jeanerette Board of Aldermen is up for grabs.

Willie Ward and Butch Bourgeois are vying for the District 3 seat. The seat is up for a vote because former alderman Sandy Derise resigned earlier this year. Ward has been serving that district as an interim alderman since.

Four candidates registered to run for the vacant Baldwin alderman seat. Herbert Bell, Mike Caesar, Sr., Clarence Colbert, Sr., and Margaret Coleman all have thrown their hats into the race. They are looking to fill the seat vacated earlier this year when the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tony Gibson was ineligible to hold office.

Residents in two Jennings City Council districts will elect new representatives. Rogeous "Randy" Lawdins and Carolyn Simon will compete for the District A seat. Janet Jones, Wilton Journet, Sr., and Anthony LeBlanc will seek the District D council post.

The other three Jennings City Council races have already been decided because only one person registered to run in them. Johnny Armentor (District B), Trey Myers (District C), and Stevie Van Hook (District E) are all running unopposed for their district seats.

Several other races will not go before voters because only one candidate is running unopposed in each of them.

Aaron "Jamie" Hatfield is the sole candidate in the race for the Jeff Davis Parish District 3 Constable/Justice of the Peace.

Darren Vidrine will remain on the Evangeline Parish School Board. Vidrine is the only candidate for the District 3 board position. He was appointed to the seat in July following the death of board member Jerry Thompson.

Dr. Warren Degatur, Jr., will continue as St. Martin Parish Coroner. He was named interim coroner in April following the resignation of Dr. Daniel Wiltz.

Gueydan's interim police chief will hold on to her post. Kayla Henry was appointed in April after former chief Stoney Broussard resigned.

Qualifying remains open for the Fifth Congressional District seat vacated by Rodney Alexander. Qualifying for that seat, which stretches into St. Landry Parish, ends Wednesday.


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