News for Monday 072318
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Much to the surprise of many, at the end of qualifying Friday, only three people signed up to run for Alexandria mayor. State Rep. Jeff Hall and local attorneys Catherine Davidson and Kay Michiels (Mih-Gelz). All three are democrats. Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Randolph announced Friday afternoon that she would not run, despite receiving encouragement to do.
On the city council, Democrat Harry Silver in District 4 was automatically re-elected when no one qualified to challenge him. This will be Silver's fourth term on the council.
In District 2, council President Roosevelt Johnson is being challenged by Gerber Porter. Both are Democrats.
In the at-large seat on the council, Jim Villard is being challenged by Democrat Quin Slaughter. Villard has served two terms on the council.
The primary election is Nov. 6.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, at last check, is searching for an inmate who escaped from DC1 in downtown Alexandria. 40 year old Demoine Ashley, who was assigned to a laundry detail, slipped away Saturday. Ashley is currently being held on aggravated kidnapping, domestic abuse strangulation, aggravated battery, illegal use of a weapon and convicted felon in possession of a firearm from an arrest in March. Anyone with info on Ashley’s whereabouts is asked to contact authorities..
It was a site to see as hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the Rapides Coliseum to say goodbye to a Central Louisiana Rodeo legend Sonny Lewis. Lewis was a stock contractor and producer for more than 50 years. Through the DeWitt and Lewis Rodeo Company he was involved in events all over the state, including the Angola Rodeo.
Lewis was also named the Rodeo Cowboy Association's producer of the year for 18 years in a row. Sonny Lewis was killed and a car crash last week. He was 86.
An APD officer has been charged after he was involved in a single vehicle crash. State Police report 41 year old Russell Beauregard, of Alexandria, suffered moderate injuries after wrecking his pickup on River Road early Thursday morning. Beauregard suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where he was charged by Troopers with DWI, no seat belt, and careless operation.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state hit an employment record in June, as 2,036,316 people are employed. Every metro area in Louisiana reported a gain in jobs over the year, except Lafayette, which lost 700 jobs since June 2017. But LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie says Lafayette added 200 over the last month alone.
Nine people have signed up for the Secretary of State’s race, including interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, who had said for months he would not seek the position. The Baton Rouge Republican said he changed his mind ten minutes before qualifying ended on Friday afternoon. There are four other major candidates in the race . Former republican state legislator A.G. Crowe and Democrat Renee Fonentot Free, who works in the A-G’s office, plus Representatives Rick Edmonds and Julie Stokes.
A congressional candidate was arrested shortly after he qualified to run agaisnt US Representative Ralph Abraham in Louisiana’s 5th district. Billy Burkette of Pride was taken away in handcuffs as there was a warrant out for his arrest for impersonating a law enforcement officer. Burkette told reporters at the Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge that he’s the chief of police and chairman of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians. In all, 3 people have qualified to run against Abraham.
Five men and one woman have signed up to challenge Acadiana Congressman Clay Higgins on the November sixth ballot. Higgins, who lives in Port Barre, is seeking a second term as the House Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional district.
Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garrett Graves faces three challengers in the November midterm election. Graves is seeking a third term in the 6th district, after previously working in state government.
Louisiana is ranked among the five most vulnerable states in a report regarding weak voting security released by Democrats on the U. S. House Administration Committee. The study says paperless voting machines are dangerous, but Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the Democrats’ claims don’t hold water…The report says the state lacks post-election audits. The Secretary of State’s office is seeking funding to replace their 10,000 paperless voting machines. But Ardoin says Louisiana’s current election system is safe.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is mourning the death of one of its cadets. LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says 38-year-old Immanuel Washington of Youngsville collapsed following a 2.5 mile run as part of physical training. The former Youngsville Police officer leaves behind a wife and two small children.
Former Louisiana Congressman John Fleming is set to get a new job within the Trump administration. The 67-year-old is a deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, he’s now waiting for Senate confirmation to be an assistant secretary overseeing the Economic Development Administration.
LSU is picked to finish fifth in the SEC West, according to journalists who attended the SEC Football Media Days. Alabama is once again the favorite in the West followed by Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A-and-M. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says fifth place is even lower than he projected. It’s the lowest LSU has been picked since the 1990s. Moran says LSU’s difficult schedule is contributing the low expectations.