McGlothin, Anders enter race

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; Glen McGlothin and Andy Anders both officially added their name to the list as candidates for House of Representatives District 21 seat Wednesday.

Bryant Hammett resigned from the position, effective June 30, to assume new duties in overseeing the distribution of more than $1 billion on the reconstruction efforts in New Orleans and south Louisiana.

Ferriday Chief of Police Richard Madison announced his plans to run soon after Bryant Hammett&8217;s resignation. Citing military like style as his edge if elected to the position, he welcomed all challengers in the race. Assistant District Attorney Andy Magoun has not officially announced plans to run, but has said he will consider it. McGlothin, Anders and Madison are all Ferriday residents.

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&8220;As far as filling the shoes Bryant Hammett left, it&8217;s not going to happen,&8221; McGlothin said. &8220;My main objective is to carry on what he has done.&8221;

McGlothin is the marketing director for the city of Vidalia and former three term mayor of Ferriday. He is also on the Louisiana 65 committee promoting rural development and tourism and is past president of Kisatchie-Delta and Macon Ridge.

&8220;I am not running against anyone, I&8217;m running for the position, McGLothin said. &8220;I think the ideas I have are good, but I want the people in these areas to tell me what they want done.&8221;

Anders, a farmer who currently works for Ferriday Farm in sales and service is pursuing his first state political office. He is the vice president of Area 2 Soil Conservation District and a delegate for Farm Bureau of Concordia Parish.

Anders could not be reached for comment.

The position covering Tensas, East Carroll, Concordia and Madison Parishes, will be filled after the Sept. 30 election. Areas of knowledge in economic development, education, health care and infrastructure are areas all candidates felt were important in pursuing the position.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland also briefly considered the position, but declined the idea and said too much was happening in Vidalia to leave.