Aspiring officeholders began lining up at the Webster Parish Clerk of Court's office bright and early today to kick off the campaign filing process for the November 6 election.
Office terms have ended and elections must be held for Cotton Valley, Cullen, Sarepta, Sibley and Dixie Inn mayor, police chief and five aldermen. Dubberly and Shongaloo will be electing a mayor and three aldermen.
Candidates for retired Judge Bruce Bolin's seat as 26th Judicial District Court judge must also qualify.
Webster Parish Clerk of Court Holli Vining said those signing up to run for office should bring a checkbook with them and be prepared to pay a fee, according to their official party.
"Those registered as Independents, running for the municipalities, will pay $40," Vining said. "Those registered as Democrat or Republican and running for the municipalities, will pay $80."
Qualifiers with aspirations for 26th Judicial District Court Judge must pay more.
"A person registered as Independent will have to pay $225, and Democrats or Republicans pay $450," Vining said.
Qualifying runs through August 17. Times are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. today and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday.
Vining said qualifiers should come to the Clerk of Court's office on the first floor of the Webster Parish Courthouse. Those vying for District Judge can qualify in Webster or Bossier parishes. The Bossier Parish Courthouse is located in Benton.