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Brown wins, Banks and Chatman in Ferriday alderman run-off

Published 1:27am Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FERRIDAY — One incumbent alderman has been re-elected while another must face a runoff in Ferriday.

Johnnie Brown was re-elected alderman for Ferriday District D, edging out opponent Marcus “Slim” Martin with 61 percent of the vote. Brown received 147 votes. Martin received 39 percent of the votes — 94 votes.

In District B, incumbent Elijah “Stepper” Banks will face Chris Chatman in a runoff.

Chatman led the vote count Tuesday, with 113 votes or 43.8 percent. Bank had 97 votes, or 37.6 percent of the vote.

A third candidate in that race, Allen Froust received 48 votes or 18.6 percent of the vote.

In the election for Concordia Parish School Board District 4, Place B, unofficial results show Jeffery Goodman with 683 votes or 43.7 percent of the votes for the school board District 4, Place B seat, Angela Hayes with 654 votes or 41.8 percent and David Turner with 226 votes or 14.5 percent.

Goodman and Hayes will be in a runoff.

In Ridgecrest, Democrat Bobby Sheppard Sr. took 155 votes or 66.8 percent of the vote for the open seat on the board of aldermen.

Cecil “Frank” Gatlin, a Republican received 56 votes or 24 percent, and independent Jeff Johnson received 21 votes or 9.05 percent.

Sheppard said he was very appreciative of the voters who supported him.

“It feels really good,” Sheppard said. “I really appreciate all the people in Ridgecrest and all the people in the surrounding areas that supported me. I don’t plan on letting the people down.”

Sixty-eight percent of the registered voters in Concordia Parish cast ballots Tuesday.