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|Clerk, others unopposed; new coroner to take office|
Three incumbents were elected without opposition, while a new coroner will take office in Concordia next year and the appointed police chief of Ridgecrest has been elected without opposition.
Overall, it was a slow qualifying period Tuesday through Thursday last week, according to Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber, who was one of the candidates unopposed for the Oct. 22nd election.
"To the best of my memory, this is the quietest election year I've ever seen," Webber said. "Every race is tough but there hasn't been the mud-slinging this time that we've seen in the past."
School Board member Daryle Price of Crestview Drive was elected coroner without opposition. Longtime coroner Sarah Lee did not qualify for re-election.
"I've worked with Dr. Lee since she's been in office," Price said. "I've gone out on the scene on a lot of calls when she wasn't available to, so I know what has to be done."
He said he will likely have to step down from his School Board post.
"I'm checking into that," he said. "I'll take office as coroner in late March."
Lee said "it has been an honor to serve the people of Concordia Parish as their coroner. It is with great pleasure and appreciation that the people have allowed me to be their coroner for the past 11-plus years."
She said "due to private practice and other obligations, I do not believe that I would be able to represent the people of the parish as their coroner with the attention and respect that this office requires."
Also elected without opposition were Sen. Neil Riser, District 32, Columbia, and Sen. Francis Thompson, District 34, Delhi.
Webber, who took office as clerk of court in 1966, has served 45 years in office and will enter his 12th term next year.
"It feels great and I truly appreciate it," he said this week of his re-election without opposition. "It's a relief. I've worked with five sheriffs, a number of judges, district attorneys and police jury members."
Webber said he has faced opposition five times in the last 11 elections.
Edwin "Larry" Lawrence, appointed police chief of Ridgecrest following the death of Dale Cowan earlier this year, was the only person to qualify for that office. Two candidates qualified for the alderman slot in Ridgecrest: Cindy Halford, and Jamie Harrison. Each is seeking to fill the unexpired term of Gayle Cowan, who resigned a few weeks ago.
District 21 State Representative Andy Anders of Clayton drew one opponent -- Justin Conner of Ferriday.
Three candidates qualified for sheriff: Robert "Rock" Davis and Kenneth Hedrick, both of Ferriday, and Charles "Junior" Tarver of Wildsville. All three men have law enforcement backgrounds.
Sheriff Randy Maxwell, 60, announced this summer that he will retire at the end of his present term which ends in June 2012. At that time, he will have served 22 years as sheriff.
Two candidates have entered the race for assessor, a post being vacated by longtime assessor Monelle Moseley, who is retiring. Moseley served as elected assessor for 36 years and worked in the office for 14 years prior to her election.
Seeking the post are Jerry Clark, who has worked in the assessor's office for the past 36 years, and Ryan Paul, a 28-year-old parish businessman.
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