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|Qualifying underway for town, jury races|
The qualifying process was brisk at the Clerk of Court's Office early today with candidates qualifying for municipal and Police Jury races.
Vidalia incumbent Mayor Hyram Copeland qualified for re-election, while former Ferriday Mayor Gene Allen qualified for the Ferriday post.
Others qualifying prior to presstime Wednesday morning were:
Vidalia Alderman: Vernon Stevens, Ricky Knapp.
Ferriday Alderman: Gloria Lloyd.
Vidalia Police Chief: Arthur K. Lewis.
Police Jury: Jerry Beatty (District 4A), Curtis Nelson (4A), Joe Parker (1B), Melvin Ferrington (4B), Jimmy Wilkerson (4B) and Red Tiffee (5B).
Qualifying continues through Friday for the March 24 primary, which will also include elections for political party committees. The general election is set for April 21.
Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said the fee to qualify for Police Jury as a Democrat or Republican is $230, while the cost is $115 for an independent.
The qualifying fee for a municipal office is $80 for a Republican or Democrat and $40 for an independent.
Municipal races include mayor, chief of police and aldermen in Clayton and Vidalia, and mayor and aldermen in Ferriday.
Additionally, qualifying is also underway for Democratic State Central Committee, Republican State Central Committee, Democratic Parish Executive Committee and Republican Parish Executive Committee.
Police Jury elections in Concordia, originally scheduled for this fall during the statewide gubernatorial election, were postponed because the Jury's redistricting plan was not submitted in time for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to review and approve.
Parish Planner Oliver Schulz said DOJ voiced no opposition to the plan in late November, clearing the way for the spring election.
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