Qualifying begins for March 24 election

Published 6:56 pm Thursday, January 4, 2018

Candidates seeking public office in five Southwest Louisiana parishes began signing up Wednesday for the March 24 election.

Qualifying for local races continues 8:30-4:30 p.m. through Friday at clerk of court offices. There are no candidate elections in Cameron Parish.

Candidates who qualified as of Wednesday; “I” indicates incumbent:


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Ward 2 justice of the peace: No qualifiers.


DeRidder mayor: Misty Clanton and Mike Harper.

DeRidder City Council, at large (2 to be elected): Michelle Pierce Bennett, Narayan “MK” Dokwal, Michael D. Harris, Vincent LaBue (I), Chance Lewis and Billy Spikes.

DeRidder Council District 1: Kimaron Haynes Moore (I).

DeRidder Council District 2: Faith Buckley Scott (I) and Julian “Pee Wee” Williams.

DeRidder Council District 3: Gordon C. Jenkins (I).

DeRidder Council District 4: Randy Larken (I).

DeRidder Council District 5: Keith Hooper (I).

Merryville mayor: David Eaves (I).

Merryville police chief: No qualifiers.

Merryville aldermen (5 to be elected): Rodney Farris, Dale Reinhart (I) and Shelia Lanier Smith.


Sulphur mayor: Mike Danahay and Christopher “Chris” Duncan (I).

Sulphur City Council District 1: Drusilla “Dru” Ellender (I) and Randy Hebert.

Sulphur Council District 2: Michael “Mike” Koonce and Hunter Pago.

Sulphur Council District 3: Melinda D. Hardy.

Sulphur Council District 4: No qualifiers.

Sulphur Council District 5: Jesse N. Fontenot, Gerrit Zick Lawrence and Mandy Thomas.

Jeff Davis

School Board District 10 (special): “Vickie” Buller.

Ward 3 justice of the peace, : No qualifiers.


Leesville mayor: Richard “Rick” Allen (I).

Leesville City Council, at large (2 to be elected): Alice Guess  (I) and William R. “Coach” Thomas (I).

Leesville Council District 1: No qualifiers.

Leesville Council District 2: Willie Mae Kennedy (I).

Leesville Council District 3: Danny Dowd (I) and Nicole Ybarra.

Leesville Council District 4: Phillip R. Hunt and Anthony “Tony” Shapkoff (I).

New Llano mayor: Freddie Boswell (I).

New Llano town council, (5 to be elected): Charlotte McHenry Cooper (I) and Speicher Terry (I).

New Llano police chief: No qualifiers.

Anacoco police chief: Mike Martin, Michael Sanders and Jerry C. Waller.