Election qualifying ends today

Published 8:43 am Friday, August 22, 2014

Qualifying for statewide and parish elections for the Nov. 4 general election began Wednesday. Candidates had until 4:30 p.m. today to file qualifying papers with the Washington Parish Clerk of Court Office in Franklinton.

The following are the candidates who had qualified by the close of business on Thursday.

In Bogalusa, Mayor Charles Mizell (D) filed his qualifying papers on Wednesday. He has been in office since 2010. Bogalusa City Council Vice President Wendy Perrette (I) filed Thursday morning, while Democrat Tina Ratliff submitted her paperwork on Wednesday.

Qualifying is under way for seats on the Bogalusa City Council, Bogalusa City School Board, city prosecutor, marshal, city judge, justice of the peace and various other races.

In the Bogalusa City Council At-Large race, current City Council members Teddy Drummond (I) and Council President Doug Ritchie (D) filed. Drummond currently represents District D. Also vying for the seat, Democrat Shawn Ratliff qualified Wednesday, while Presious Johnson (D) and filed Thursday.

In District A, those qualified include incumbent Penny Williams, Gloria Kates and George Williams. District B qualifiers are incumbent Penny Williams (D), and newcomers Justin Arnold, Emma Dixon and Tamira Moss-Smith, all Democrats.

Democrat Oneita Graham is District C incumbent. She’ll be challenged by Democrat Brian McCree. Malinda White is running in District D. District E candidates who have filed are Sherry Fortenberry (R), J.E. Magee and Edward Sartin Sr. (D).

Bogalusa City Prosecutor Merlin Duke filed qualifying papers Wednesday.

Bogalusa City School Board qualifying included District 1 incumbent Paul Kates (D), District 2 incumbent Eleanor Duke, District 3 incumbent the Rev. Raymond Mims, District 4 incumbent Adam Kemp, District 5 incumbent Curtis Creel, District 6 incumbent Calvin Hymel. And District 7 incumbent Brad Williams.

City Marshall City Court qualifiers included incumbent John Sumrall. He’ll be challenged by Mike Garic, (D) Dewitt Williams Jr. (R) and Willis Yarbrough (D).

City Court Judge Robert J. Black (R) qualified. He is the incumbent.

In the parish elections, incumbent District Judge for the 22nd Judicial District, District C Richard “Rick” Swartz filed qualifying papers Wednesday. In District E, Franklinton’s William J. Burris (R) is the incumbent.

Four Republicans qualified for District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District. They include Slidell’s Alan Black, Covington’s Roy K. Burns, Covington’s Warren Montgomery and Lacombe’s Brian F. Trainor.

For Washington Parish School Board, District 1 qualifiers included incumbent Liz King and Daniel Slocum. For District 2, incumbent John Wyble (R) qualified, while Bruce Brown Sr. qualified in District 3. John E. Breland put his papers in for District 4, while Mary S. Adams and Robert Boone will fight it out for the District 5 seat.

In District 6, incumbent Dewitt Perry qualified as did District 7 incumbent Lee Alan McCain.

District 8 incumbent Matthew Tate (D) will be challenged by Emma “Lois” Route (D). Democrat Leslie McKinley qualified in District 9.

Justice of the Peace qualifiers included Franklinton incumbent Darwin Sharp and Mount Hermon’s Albert J. Brumfield Jr., in Ward 1, Mount Hermon’s David C. Miller in Ward 2, Ward 3 incumbent Billy Passman, Angie’s Kay Lewis in Ward 5, Bogalusa’s Donna Lambert Phillips in Ward 6, Ward 7 incumbent Bradford Kemp, and Ward 8 incumbent Jack Whaley. Qualifiers in Ward 9 included incumbent Rodney Bond of Franklinton and Mount Hermon’s Albert Brumfield Jr.

Democratic incumbent Terry Morgan of Franklinton qualified for Ward 1 Justice of the Peace Constable. Ward 2 incumbent Colston Martin Jr., will battle Mount Hermon’s Jeremy Freeman.

Franklinton’s Robert K. McDaniel qualified for Ward 3, while Ward 5 incumbent Lavon Seals of Angie qualified and will go against Angie’s Bo Pierce. Ward 6 incumbent, Donald Mizell, of Franklinton qualified as did Ward 7 incumbent, David Scott of Angie and Ward 8 incumbent Robert D. Stafford of Franklinton.

Statewide, incumbent New Orleans’ Mary Landrieu (D), Baton Rouge’s Bill Cassidy (R), Lafayette’s Thomas Clements (R), Denham Springs’ Brannon Lee McMorris (Lib.) and William P. Waymire Jr. (D) of Gonzalez all qualified for U.S. Senator.

Those who qualified for U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District included Archibald’s Ralph Lee Abraham (R), Monroe’s Harris Brown (R), Calhoun’s Zach Dasher (R), Monroe’s Jamie Mayo (D) and Alexandria’s Ed Tarpley (R).

Republican Eric Skrmetta of Metairie qualified for Public Service Commissioner. He will go up against Metairie Republican Allen Leone and New Orleans Republican Forest Wright.