Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Cornelius jumps into mayoral race

joe corneliusThe line has dwindled at the Webster Parish Courthouse, as the final day of qualifying for the November 4 primary election begins, but now Minden Mayor "Tommy" Davis finds himself with two challengers, Charles "Chad" Odom and former mayor and District A councilman Joe Cornelius.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper is still without an opponent. Also unopposed are "Sherb" Sentell III, who is running for Ward I City Court Judge and John Slattery who has qualified to run for the same office in Ward II (Springhill).

The district attorney's race for the 26th Judicial District has two candidates, incumbent Schuyler Marvin and "Whit" Graves, as does City Marshal, Ward I with incumbent Jack R. "Randy" Shelley and Dustin W. Reynolds.

District D council appointee Mike Toland filed to run for his seat late Wednesday. Current councilman Wayne Edwards has filed to run for District A, as have incumbents Fayrine Kennon, District B, Magaline Quarles, District C and Benny Gray, District E.

In the race for Webster Parish School Board seats, District 5 incumbent Ouida Cox Garner is being challenged by "Ronnie" Rhymes and Chandra "Chan" Parish, while District 6 incumbent Robert Holloway is facing John Madden.

Other school board incumbents, filing to keep their seats are Brandon Edens, District 1; Malachi Ridgel, District 2; Charles Strong, District 3; Linda Kinsey, District 7; Ronnie Broughton, District 8; Frankie Mitchell, District 9; Johnnye Kennon, District 10; Jerry Lott, District 11; and Penny Long, District 12.

District 4 seat (Shongaloo), currently held by Bruce Williams, is being sought by Jeri "JJ" ONeal. So far, Williams has not filed for re-election.

Parish Races

In other areas of the parish, Springhill Mayor Carroll Breaux, remains unopposed; however, Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd has an opponent in Ronnie Coleman. Gary Carter is in the running for Doyline mayor.

At the end of filing on day two, no one has signed up to become Heflin's next mayor.

Current Doyline Police Chief Robert Hayden and Heflin Chief Paul Migues remain unopposed.

Springhill Alderman District 1 has two candidates, D. Nicole Frazier and T."Lisa" Thomas Smith. Dennis Smith has filed for Alderman District 2; Ross Fleming is up for Alderman District 3; Martha Edens and Gary Montgomery are in the race for Alderman District 4; and "Ronnie" Dees is running for Alderman District 5.

In Doyline, Billy M. Reeves has filed for alderman, while "Matt" Austin filed for alderman in Heflin.

District Races

Scott Crichton has qualified for Supreme Court Justice, while each of the divisions of 26th Judicial District Court judge has one candidate. They are Michael Craig, Division A; Jeff Thompson, Division B; Jeff Cox, Division C; Charles Jacobs, Division D; Mike Nerren, Division E; and Parker Self, Division F. All but Thompson and Jacobs are sitting judges.
Current Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, Bossier City, is being challenged by Keith Gates of Winnfield.

U.S. Senate Race

Mary Landrieu will have several opponents vying for her seat. They are "Bill" Cassidy of Baton Rouge, Thomas Clements of Lafayette, Brannon Lee McMorris of Denham Springs and William P. Waymire Jr. of Gonzales. As of Thursday, Breaux Bridge resident Wayne Ables has joined the race.

U.S. Representative

Randall Lord of Shreveport has filed against incumbent John Fleming.

All qualifying is unofficial until the end of filing time at 4:30 p.m. Friday.






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