|Several races on tap for Nov. 6|
Twenty-one candidates qualified for local offices last week with four candidates unopposed.
The election is slated for Nov. 6. The majority of the races are special elections to fill unexpired terms.
Elected without opposition were Ridgecrest Mayor Dwayne Sikes, School Board member Warren Enterkin and Ferriday Alderman Gloria Lloyd.
Tim Charrier is the new Justice of the Peace in District 5B.
Sikes, 209 Ferriday Dr., Ridgecrest, was the lone qualifier for mayor of Ridgecrest. Sikes stepped down from an alderman post last fall after being appointed as mayor until an election could be held.
Sikes will fill the unexpired term of Kevin Graham, who resigned last fall and was later indicted by a parish Grand Jury for malfeasance, theft and filing or maintaining false public records.
Qualifying for the alderman post vacated by Sikes were Cecil "Frank" Gatlin, 101 Grape St., Ridgecrest; Jeff Johnson, 108 Orange St., Ridgecrest; and Bobby Sheppard Sr., 114 Cottonwood Dr., Ridgecrest.
In the 5th District Congressional race, incumbent Rodney Alexander, 806 N. Trenton St., Ruston, is being challenged by "Ron" Ceasar, P. O. Box 1281, Opelousas, and Clay Steven Grant, 450 Browns Creek Rd., Boyce.
In School Board races, qualifying for the District 4B slot were Jeffery Goodman, 319 Crestview, Ferriday; Angela Hayes, 241 Cowan St., Ferriday; and David Turner, 207 Ferriday Dr., Ridgecrest.
The winner will fill the unexpired term of Martha Rabb, who resigned earlier this years. Hayes was appointed to represent the district until the election.
In District 5A, Warren S. Enterkin, 182 Enterkin Rd., Ferriday, was the only qualifier for the post. Enterkin will serve the unexpired term of Daryle Price, who resigned the post to become coroner. Enterkin was appointed to Price's board slot earlier this year.
Qualifying for Justice of the Peace District 1 were Justin Conner, P. O. Box 1014, Ferriday, and Benja R. Fussell, 5603 Hwy. 568, Ferriday. The office became open when Conner resigned from the post.
The new Justice of the Peace in District 5B is "Tim" Charrier, 11988 Hwy. 129, Acme, who was not opposed for the post. Charrier will fill the unexpired term of the late Lavere Book Jr.
In Ferriday, four of five aldermen were challenged.
In District A, Robert A. Allen, P.O. Box 200, qualified against incumbent Somer Lance, 110 Crescent Dr.
In District B, Elijah "Stepper" Banks, 727 Tennessee Ave., Ferriday, faces two challengers, including Chris" Chatman, 606 Florida Ave., and Allen O. Froust, 718 Tennessee Ave.
In District C, qualifying were incumbent Sandra Gail Pryor, 309 Morning Star Alley; and challenger Felton Dupree, P. O. Box 1642.
District D Alderman Johnnie Brown, 405 Sixth St., is being challenged by Marcus "Slim" Martin, 503 Seventh St.
District E incumbent Gloria Lloyd, P. O. Box 1244, was unopposed.
Terms expire June 30, 2016, for the Ferriday aldermen posts, while terms for other local offices on the Nov. 6 ballot will expire December 31, 2014.
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