Four new faces on Minden City Council

By Bonnie Culverhouse & Tina Montgomery

Four of five faces will be new ones when Minden City Council convenes for the first time in January.

With all 7 precincts reporting, Independent Carlton “Buddy” Myles won a runoff with District A incumbent Democrat Wayne Edwards with 56 percent of the vote Saturday. Myles garnered 227 Votes to Edwards’ 178.

Myles’ goal is to bring the community “back together.”

See a story about Carlton “Buddy” Myles and his hopes and visions for District A in Wednesday’s Webster Parish Journal.

With all 6 precincts in, District C councilman Vincen “Cheese” Bradford, has been ousted by fellow Democrat Latasha Anderson Mitchell, who won with 53 percent of the vote or 149 to 130.

“The people have spoken,” said Mayor Elect Nick Cox. “I am excited about it.”

Springhill Mayor Ray Huddleston will continue to lead the city for the next four years, according to the unofficial voting numbers Saturday.

With 62 percent of the vote, Huddleston beat challenger “Ronnie” Hearnsberger in Saturday’s runoff election.

The unofficial voter turnout for the 8 precincts in Springhill area was 1,031. Huddleston had 637 votes to Hearnsberger’s 394.

“Thank you! I thank you so much for re-electing me to serve as your Mayor for the next 4 years,” Huddleston wrote in a statement. “I am honored and humbled by your trust in me, and your support during this election. There were so many that worked so hard and for that, I am truly grateful.”

“I am looking forward to working with the new City Council to move Springhill forward,” he continued. “We have so much to be proud of, and it’s exciting to keep working to make our city better. Thanks again for allowing me another term to serve you.”

Webster Parish’s voters mirrored the state of Louisiana by passing all three Constitutional Amendments by about the same margin.

Of the more than 3,500 persons that voted in the parish, Amendment 1 requiring U.S. citizenship in order to register and vote in Louisiana passed by 71 percent in the parish and 75 percent around the state.

Amendment 2, requiring Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointed members of the State Civil Service Commission, won with 71 percent of the vote in Webster Parish and 71 around the state.

Amendment 3, requiring Senate confirmation of certain members of the State Police Commission garnered 71 percent of the yes vote parish wide and 72 percent statewide.

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