Parish qualifying set for next week

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, August 7, 2012

VIDALIA — Qualifying for several Concordia Parish elections will be next week.

The Concordia Parish Clerk of Court’s office will register candidates on Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 17.

Concordia Parish School Board district seats 4B and 5A are open for qualification.

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The district 4B seat will replace former two-year board member Daryle Price, who vacated the seat in March to take the office of the parish coroner. The board unanimously voted to appoint Angela Hayes as the interim member for the district 4B seat.

The district 5A seat will replace former 14-year board member Martha J. Rabb, who resigned from her position in March due to illness. The board appointed parish public school veteran Warren Enterkin as interim member for the district 5A seat.

All five seats on the Ferriday Board of Aldermen are open for qualifying, after candidates were halted from qualifying for the spring ballot because the town failed to submit its redistricting plan in time for U.S. Department of Justice approval.

Current board members include Somer Lance, district A; Elijah “Stepper” Banks, district B; Gail Pryor, district C; Johnnie Brown, district D; and Gloria Lloyd, district E.

The seat of mayor and one alderman position are open for qualification in Ridgecrest.

Dwayne Sikes was sworn in as mayor in November, after former Mayor Kevin Graham resigned amid bookkeeping discrepancies.

Sikes vacated his seat on the board of aldermen to take the position of mayor. Cindy Halford was appointed to fill the vacant alderman seat until the election.

Justice of the Peace positions in District 1 and District 5B are open for qualification.

Justin Conner vacated the District 1 position to run for mayor of the Town of Ferriday. In March, Conner did not win that office.

Leroy Levear Book Jr. served in the district 5B position, until he died in May.

Chief Deputy Clerk of Court Becky Zerby said fees for qualifying vary on each position, but that they must be paid in cash, money order or cashier check.

The Clerk of Court’s office, located in the Concordia Parish courthouse, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.