Wilkinson no longer in the running

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 25, 2006

RIDGECREST &8212; The race for the Ridgecrest School Board seat in District-4B is now between two candidates, following incumbent Jimmy Wilkinson&8217;s withdrawal.

On Sept. 12, Concordia Parish Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber Jr. received a notice of withdrawal from the Louisiana Secretary of State&8217;s office indicating that Wilkinson dropped out of the race on Sept. 8.

In a written statement, Wilkinson stated his reason for withdrawing was because, &8220;My business has provided new opportunities which require more of my time.&8221;

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Wilkinson is the owner of a radiator and automotive service in Ridgecrest.

In his statement, Wilkinson said it was an honor to be elected by the voters of District 4-B and he enjoyed serving as a spokesperson for the people in his district.

Wilkinson wrote that his proudest accomplishment was working to keep Ridgecrest School in operation.

On Sept. 30, voters in District 4-B will choose between Bettie Jean Johnson and Dayrle W. Price.

Webber said Wilkinson&8217;s name would still be on the ballot because he filed for withdrawal so late, but any votes cast for him would not count.