By just 59 votes, Caddo Parish voters said no to a $23.39
million bond proposal aimed at making improvements to parish roads, parks, and
Complete but unofficial results showed 5,054 voters said yes
to the plan, while 5,113 said no.
The 10,167 votes cast for the proposal was, according to the
Louisiana Secretary of State's office, unofficially just over 6% of the total
number of registered Caddo Parish Voters.
The same number of voters overwhelmingly shot down a change
that would have allowed parish commission members to serve five consecutive
terms, changing it from the two terms their limited to right now.
There were several other notable races in the Saturday,
October 19 election:
Jerald Bowman, Jr. was elected to serve out the
rest of the term in the race for Caddo Commission District 5. Bowman appeared
to be an easy favorite as he won the seat with 79 percent of the votes over his
opponent, Earnestine Coleman. His mother, Joyce Bowman, died of cancer in May
of this year.
Assistant Caddo Parish District Attorney Brady
O'Callaghan is now the newest judge-elect to the Caddo Parish District Court
System. He won the seat with 65% of the vote over his opponent, Attorney Mike
Miller. O'Callaghan will replace Judge Jeanette Garrett, who was elected
earlier this year to the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
The seat for Bossier Parish School Board
District 5 became open earlier this year when Board Member Dr. Allison Bringham
resigned because she was moving out of the district. Jill Frost was appointed
as Interim Board Member until the October 19 election. She lost her bid to hold
on to the seat to Frank Kelly, who garnered 65% of the votes.
Longtime Minden Mayor Bill Roberson passed away in
June, after serving as mayor for over 22 years. The City Council appointed
Councilman Joe Cornelius, Sr. as Mayor Pro-Tem until the October election.
However on Saturday night, it was fellow Councilman Tommy Davis who was elected
to fill the remaining three years of Roberson's term. With 61% of the vote, he
won the seat outright with no need for a runoff over Cornelius and a third
candidate, Walter Morgan, Jr.
There was also a big congressional race just to the east of
the Ark-La-Tex. Earlier this year, 5th Congressional Dist. Representative
Rodney Alexander resigned from his seat and took a job as Louisiana's Secretary
of Veteran's Affairs. Fourteen candidates showed up on the ballot, but complete
but unofficial results showed State Senator Neil Riser and Monroe Businessman
Vance McAllister will be in a November runoff to fill the congressional seat
until next year's election. Riser had 32% of the votes while McAllister had