Concordia Parish candidate forum Thursday

Published 12:14 am Tuesday, August 20, 2019


VIDALIA — The Concordia Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate forum Thursday at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center at 112 Front Street.

The forum starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and will include candidates vying for the clerk of court, police jury and the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s positions in the primary election Oct. 12, said Tance Hughes, chamber president.

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“This is probably the only place for the public to meet and see most of the candidates at one time before the election,” Hughes said of Thursday’s forum.

Hughes said 32 candidates are vying for the nine district seats on the police jury combined, adding each of those candidates who attend Thursday night’s forum will be given at least 2 minutes to present their campaign platform.

The remainder of Thursday night’s participants — including four candidates for sheriff and three for clerk of court — will speak in a question-answer format.

Each candidate will be asked the same questions, Hughes said.

Louisiana journalist, Sam Hannah Jr. will serve as a moderator for Thursday night’s forum, Hughes said.

“This is a forum and not a debate, so none of the candidates will be allowed to respond to another’s statements,” Hughes said. “We are simply going to pose a question to the candidates and each will have multiple questions to answer.”

Below is a list of the candidates who qualified to run for this year’s election:

Concordia Parish Sheriff

  • Robert “Rock” Davis, Democrat
  • David Hedrick, Independent
  • Denis Mulvihill, No party
  • Fred W. Taylor III, No party

Clerk of Court

  • “Andy” Anders, Democrat
  • Pascha Cater Brown, Republican
  • Phillip Webber, Independent


  • Jerry Clark, Democrat


  • Craig Hawn, Independent
  • Dennis LaRavia, Independent
  • “Pam” Poole, Independent

Police Juror — District 1A

  • Maurice Bachus Sr., Independent
  • McKinley Bates Jr., No party
  • Carey H. Cook, Democrat

Police Juror — District 1B

  • Joseph “Joe Bear” Parker Sr., Democrat

Police Juror, District 2

  • Kenneth “Butch” Brannan, Democrat
  • Willie J. Dunbar, Democrat
  • Kevin Friloux, Independent
  • “Kenny” Simpson, Democrat
  • Rodney “Fred” Washington, Democrat
  • Willie “Bill” Yearby, Democrat

Police Jury — District 3A

  • Adam Probst, Republican

Police Jury — District 3B

  • Kenneth DeWitt, No party
  • Steve Fleming, Independent
  • “Bob” Jones , Independent
  • Cornell Lewis, No party
  • “Casey” Wagoner, Independent
  • Allen “Scottie” Whittington, Republican

Police Jury — District 4A

  • Genesia Allen, Democrat
  • Jerry Beatty, Independent
  • Rodney Matthews, Independent
  • Curtis “Wrecker” Nelson, Republican
  • Terrence “Sweet” Williams, Independent

Police Jury — District 4B

  • Lana Hawkins, Democrat
  • Gary Wayne Neal, Republican
  • Jimmy K. Wilkinson, Independent

Police Jury — District 5A

  • Henry H. Ceasor, Democrat
  • Collin Edwards, Independent
  • “Jimmy” Jernigan, Democrat
  • 4Linda Long Mills, Democrat
  • Howard Phillips, Democrat

Police Jury — District 5B

  • “Brad” Adams, Republican
  • Darrell Brigman, No party
  • Ryan Thompson, Republican
  • Morris M. Willson, Republican

Mayor of Ridgecrest

  • “Connie” Adair, Independent
  • Veller Ray Carroll, No party

Ridgecrest alderman

  • Deborah Barrett, No party

State Senator — District 32

  • Daniel M. “Danny” Cole, Dem. — Jena
  • Judia “Judy” Duhon, Dem. — Olla
  • “Steve” May, Rep. — Columbia
  • Glen D. Womack, Rep. — Harrisonburg

State Senator — District 34

  • Katrina Jackson, Dem. —  Monroe

State Representative — District 21

  • C. Travis Johnson, Democrat 4Glen B. McGlothin, Independent
  • Jane Netterville, Democrat
  • “Clint” Vegas, Independent