Six candidates claim victory
before a single vote is cast
The qualification period for the October primary elections ended Thursday, and six local races appear to have already been decided.
Incumbent Clerk of Court Dodi Eubanks and incumbent Tax Assessor Lance Futch are unopposed, giving them de facto victories for those offices.
Coroner Renee Smith chose not to seek re-election, and the only candidate to declare for that office, Leah Harris of Farmerville, should coast into that office as well.
District 5 Police Juror Ben Bridges and District 9 Juror A.J. Ford are also unopposed and appear to have secured easy victories.
District 12 State Representative Chris Turner is also running unopposed.
Four candidates have qualified to run for Union Parish Sheriff, a race already marred by scurrilous accusations by anonymous parties online.
Police jurors in seven of the jury’s nine districts also face challengers.
State Senator Stewart Cathey Jr., faces a formidable opponent in Ned White.
Below are the candidates running for Sheriff and police jury.