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|Judge, DA races headline election|
Seventh Judicial District voters in Concordia and Catahoula parishes will elect a judge and a new district attorney during the primary election on Saturday.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Concordia Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said he will be "sealing voting machines" at the warehouse behind the old Walmart in Ferriday on Thursday.
"Anyone and everyone is invited to come watch if they wish," said Webber, who predicted a 50 percent turnout for Saturday's election.
"Hopefully, more than that will vote," he said.
Registered voters in the Seventh Judicial District include 13,616 in Concordia and 7,605 in Catahoula.
In Concordia, 833 early and mail-in votes were counted through noon Tuesday, including 760 in-person votes tallied during the early voting period ending Saturday at the Register of Voters office.
In-person votes in Catahoula totaled 385 with 87 mail-in ballots received by noon Tuesday.
Mail-in votes will be counted through Friday while mail-in votes for military personnel and those out of the country will be counted through election day.
Offices to be filled in the election in Concordia include:
Judge, Division A: Judge Kathy Johnson is opposed by attorney John Reeves, a former assistant district attorney. Both are from Jonesville The Seventh Judicial District includes Catahoula and Concordia parishes.
District Attorney: Three candidates, all former assistant district attorneys, are seeking the Seventh Judicial District post held for the past quarter century by John Johnson who did not seek re-election. Candidates include Brad Burget, Andy Magoun and Ronnie McMillin. All are from Concordia Parish. Burget and McMillin live in Vidalia, Magoun is from Ferriday.
Third Circuit Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division C: Candidates include Shannon James Gremillion, 4721 Collinsburg, Alexandria; Triston Knoll, P. O. Box 426, Marksville; and Loren M. Lampert, 161 Highway 1207, Deville. The three are vying to fill the unexpired term of Judge Glenn Gremillion of Ferriday, who retired.
District 5 Public Service Commissioner: Incumbent Foster Campbell of Bossier City is opposed by James "Jim" Crowley of Shreveport. Campbell, a former legislator, was an unsuccessful candidate for governor last year. Crowley, a former Caddo Parish police juror, ran unsuccessfully for Insurance Commissioner in 2007.
District 1: Rosa W. Elaine, 263 Concordia Dr., Ferriday; "Charlie" Quimby, 4593 Hwy. 568, Ferriday.
District 2: Rickey Hollins, 200 S. Oak St., Vidalia; James Royce White, 501 N. Spruce, Vidalia.
District 3: Earl Cotten, Democrat, 1104 Plum St., Vidalia; Susan Rabb, 107 Lee Ave., Vidalia.
District 4: Ferris "Bull" Durham, 902 Vidalia Dr., Ridgecrest; George Sewell, 391 Belle Grove Cir., Vidalia.
District 5A: John H. Cowan, 3211 Dunbarton Rd., Ferriday. (Unopposed).
District 5B: Jerry Lipsey, Hwy. 129, Monterey. (Unopposed).
Justice of the Peace:
District 1: Justin L. Conner, 210 Hayes, Ferriday; Glen Petty, 148 Learned Dr., Ferriday.
District 2: Frank Duson, 214 Wallace Circle, Vidalia; Lee Staggs, 283 Music Ln., Vidalia.
District 3: Craig L. Guillory, 103 Catherine Cir., Vidalia; Juanita G. Irvin, P. O. Box 298, Vidalia; Russell Wagoner, 565 Hwy. 131, Vidalia.
District 4: Jerry Stallings, 1198 Fisherman Dr., Ferriday. (Unopposed).
District 5A: Charles E. "Charlie" White, 5448 Dunbarton Rd., Ferriday. (Unopposed)
District 5B: Levear Book, 8878 Hwy. 129, Monterey. (Unopposed).
The Republican Primary election scheduled for September 6 has been rescheduled for October 4. This election was canceled statewide due to effects of Hurricane Gustav.
The Republican primary in Concordia pits incumbent Rodney Alexander of Quitman against Andrew Clack of Rayville.
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