No incumbents eliminated on police jury

Published 12:09 am Sunday, October 21, 2007

VIDALIA — After Saturday’s primary elections, almost all Concordia Parish Police Jury incumbents will remain on the board, according to unofficial results.

District 1, place A

Incumbent Carey Cook won with 62.9 percent of the vote.

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District 1, place B

Joe “Bear” Parker said he was “elated” when he heard the election results.

Parker won 779 votes, or 50.49 percent of the votes.

“I was happy that the people thought enough of me to give me another opportunity to serve another four more years,” he said.

His opponent Barbara DePrato won 671 votes, or 43.49 percent of the vote. Rydell Turner, who dropped out before the election, won 93 votes, or 6.03 percent.

“I have the opportunity to help better Concordia Parish, and maybe the next four years, the ones who had doubts won’t have doubts anymore,” Parker said.

District 2

Willie Dunbar, who won 333 votes, or 53.45 percent of the vote, said his win was “a blessing from God.”

Dunbar’s opponent, Carter Warner, won 290 votes, or 46.55 percent of the vote.

“I want to do what’s right for all the people of the parish to move our parish forward,” Dunbar said. “I’m just so happy right now, I don’t know which way to go.”

Dunbar said his main goals were to look at reforming the juvenile court system and to address drainage and sewer issues.

District 3, place B

Whest Shirley, who won 1,230 votes, or 73.56 percent of the vote, said he was very pleased with the results.

“I just want to thank everybody who came out and had enough faith in me to put me back in,” Shirley said. “Undoubtedly, we’re doing something right.”

Shirley said he wanted to continue to move forward with projects such as roadwork and sewers.

“I’ve just been appointed member of the finance committee, a new committee for me,” he said. “I want to dive in and look at the budget, see where we’re spending money and make sure we utilize the money wisely.”

Shirley’s opponent, Bartell Schneider, won 442 votes, or 26.44 percent of the vote.

District 4, place A

Incumbent Cathy Darden, with 665 votes, or 42.44 percent, will be in a runoff with Jerry Beatty, who won 656 votes, or 41.86 percent.

“I’m happy with it, we’re going to come back, and we’re going to win,” Darden said.

Darden said her experience as chair of the board’s finance committee made her a more qualified candidate. Her experience on the police jury helped, too, she said.

“We’ve got a good momentum going, and we need to keep it,” she said.

Beatty said he was “overwhelmed” by the numbers.

“The people have spoken, and the people are ready for a change,” he said.

Beatty said his willingness to help people made him the right candidate.

“I just want to give something back to the community,” he said.

District 4, Place B

Melvin Ferrington won his district with 901 votes, or 61.59 percent.

His opponent, Chris Cothren, won 562 votes, or 38.41 percent of the vote.

“I’m very pleased with (the results),” Ferrington said. “I’ve done my job. We’ve worked very hard, not only during the election but during the past four years.”

District 5A

Incumbent Jimmy Jernigan said he was pleased with the outcome of his race. With 510 votes, or 72.75 percent of the votes, he beat out his opponent Joe Scott, who had 191 votes, or 27.25 percent.

“I was hoping to get 55 percent, but I got 72,” he said. “I was well pleased.”

Jernigan said he hopes to continue to work on the issue of roads in his district.

“We’re still trying to get contractors to fix the road work they did in Phase 1 (of the road project),” he said.

District 5B

Tommy “Red” Tiffee won reelection with 570 votes, or 54.03 percent of the vote. His only opponent, Tim Charrier, won 485, or 45.97 percent of the vote.

“I’m proud to win, to have the people put me back in,” Tiffee said. “I’m going to serve to the best of my ability for another four years.”

Tiffee said he was available 24 hours a day.

“If somebody needs me, all they’ve got to do is call,” he said.

Tiffee said he hoped to work on building a facility for 4H shows and rodeos.