It’s Election Time in Bienville Parish
As the Clerk of Court for
Bienville Parish, one of the most exciting and rewarding requirements of my job
is to conduct and oversee elections within our parish, cities, towns, and
special districts. Fall means many things to many people. For the Clerk’s
Office this year, it means Election Time!
As August begins, the official
beginning of the fall election cycle is upon us. Beginning this week, our
office is working diligently to make preparations for qualifying candidates for
the various offices that will be up for election this fall. In addition to the
Statewide, Regional, and Multi-Parish elections, our local office seekers will
have plenty of opportunity to declare their intent whether they are seeking
re-election or planning to embark upon a new path toward public service.
Among the Statewide positions that
will be in contest this year are: United
States Senate seats, several congressional seats including our own 4thCongressional District and the entire Public Service Commission including our
own 5th District.
Each of our District Judges faces re-election
this fall as well as our District Attorney. Our Justices of the Peace along
with their Constable for all 5 districts also face election.
All members of the Bienville
Parish School Board will be on our ballot this fall. As of this Publication we
are aware that one member, District One’s Dan K. Loe, does not plan to seek
re-election. He has served the parish with
distinction over the past 20 years and will be missed by the faculty, staff,
and parents that make up our Bienville Parish School System.
In addition to statewide and
multi-district elections, Bienville Parish will also have municipal elections
in the following Towns: Arcadia, Mount
Lebanaon, Gibsland and Ringgold. The
Villages of Bienville, Bryceland, and Castor will also have elections.
Each of the towns, with the
exception of Mount Lebanon will be electing: Mayor, Chief of Police, and
Aldermen/Councilmen. Arcadia, Gibsland,
and Ringgold both have five Alderman positions. The Town of Mount Lebanon no
longer has a Chief of Police position.
The Villages located in our
Parish will each be electing a Mayor and Aldermen. In the Village of Bryceland,
there will only be one seat open for election at this time. The other seats
were filled earlier this year.
There are 14 Constitutional Amendments
on our ballot this November 4th. This date is officially designated
as Federal Election Day due to the Senate and House of Representative
Elections. This, of course, means it will not only be a Tuesday election, but
that the election hours will be affected by the designation. The election hours
for this election will return to 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The longer hours
will only be in place for this election.
Rounding out our ballot on
November 4th will be a property tax renewal for the Shady Grove
Qualifying for all of the offices
will begin Wednesday, August 20th and end Friday, August 22nd.
The hours designated for qualifying will be 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. A
fee chart listing the cost to qualify for each office is also provided
herewith. Candidates bring cash, cashier’s check, or postal money order to the
Clerk of Court in order to pay the required qualifying fee. NO PERSONAL CHECKS
CAN BE ACCEPTED.
The Bienville Parish Clerk of
Court website, www.clerk.bienvilleparish.org , will
contain the up to date list of candidates who have qualified in our offices. For
information regarding statewide and other offices, I recommend www.geauxvote.com
Anyone with questions regarding
qualifying is encouraged to contact our office by phone at 318-263-2123 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be happy to provide any assistance
Upon qualifying, candidates will
be given several packets of information including rules and regulations for
Campaign Finance Reporting and Louisiana Ethics Commission, complete with all
forms required to meet their requirements. We will also be providing candidates
with details regarding the time and place that all voting machines will be
opened, inspected and sealed. We will also give candidates a schedule of
upcoming election classes for commissioners.
We in the Clerk’s office realize
that this is a great deal of information for anyone who has never run for
office. We try to make all the
information that we can available to everyone and are always ready to answer
any specific questions presented by candidates and potential candidates.
Thank you so much for your
Clerk of Court
Chief Parish Election Official