Qualifying ends with a few surprises

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Quite a number of offices will not make the fall ballot because only one person qualified to run against incumbents. The three-day filing event ended at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for the October 14 Gubernatorial Primary Election, with a couple of folks waiting until the last minute to qualify.

State Representative District 10 Wayne McMahen said he is honored to serve four more years in the Louisiana Legislature.

“It’s a privilege to go back in with no opposition,” McMahen said. “It’s a tough job to do from north Louisiana, but it’s an honor to serve this district.”

McMahen said he’s happy to represent the district where he grew up and reared his family.

“I hope we’ll have a great four years,” he added.

Adam Bass is running for State Senate District 36 against incumbent Robert Mills.

Locally, Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker had no opposition for the top parish lawman’s job.

“I am truly honored and blessed to be able to serve the citizens of Webster for four more years,” Parker said. “I will continue to do the best job possible to make our parish safe and make myself accessible to the public.”

Webster Parish Clerk of Court Holli Vining will remain in her office.

Assessor Denise Edwards has opposition from Sharon Duncan of Cotton Valley filed to run against Edwards.

Allen Mosley will remain Webster Parish Coroner.

Webster Parish Police Jury candidates are as follows;

District 1: Incumbent Bruce Blanton will retain his seat.

District 2: No one filed against incumbent Allen Gilbert.

District 3: Incumbent Daniel Thomas is running for re-election and is being challenged by Patricia McMurray of Sarepta.

District 4: Incumbent Randy Thomas had no opposition and will retain his seat.

District 5: Mike Griffith who is currently filling that seat following the death of Bernard Hudson has four challengers: George Rice, Willie Robinson, Ricky Thomas and “Cynt” Walker.

District 6: Incumbent Jim Bonsall had no opposition

District 7: Incumbent Steve Lemmons will retain his seat.

District 8: Winky Newer and Nancy Hines are going head to head to fill the seat held by Nick Cox until he was elected Minden Mayor and his wife, Cayla finished his term.

District 9: Incumbent Beverly Kennon will still serve her district.

District 10: Latanya “Tan” Grigsby, Johnnye Kennon and Darrell Morris have qualified for the seat currently held by Vera Davison, who chose not to seek re-election.

District 11: Incumbent Steve Ramsey had no opposition.

District 12: Adam Lee who currently holds the seat vacated by Benjamin “Ed” Jordan will continue to serve.

Adam Wright qualified for Justice of the Peace District 3 (one to be elected), while Tara Wright filed for Constable Justice of the Peace District 3 (one to be elected). They will both serve in those capacities since no one else filed.

Town of Cullen Alderman (one to be elected) has two candidates – Lacandy Gipson and Terry Lewis.

To see qualifiers for state-wide elections, visit https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/candidateinquiry .