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Bienville Parish Clerk's Office
100 Court House Drive
Arcadia, LA 71001
James W. “Jim” Martin
Clerk of Court
Bienville Parish
 
 

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 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 Recreation District.

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 jimmartin@bienvilleparish.org.  We will be happy to provide any assistance needed.

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 attention,

Jim Martin

Clerk of Court

Chief Parish Election Official


Candidate Qualifying Information

November 4th, 2014 Primary Election - December 6th General Election

Qualifying Period

Wednesday August 20th through Friday August 22nd 2014

8:30 a.m til 4:30 p.m Daily

Office

Qualifying Fee - Democratic or Republican Party

Qualifying Fee - No Party Affiliation

District Judge

$600.00

$300.00

District Attorney

$450.00

$225.00

Justice of the Peace

$150.00

$75.00

Constable

$150.00

$75.00

School Board Members

$230.00

$115.00

ARCADIA:

Mayor

 

$80.00

 

$40.00

Chief of Police

$80.00

$40.00

Council Member

$80.00

$40.00

BIENVILLE:

Mayor

 

$80.00

 

$40.00

Aldermen

$80.00

$40.00

CASTOR:

Mayor

 

$80.00

 

$40.00

Aldermen

$80.00

$40.00

GIBSLAND:

Mayor

 

$80.00

 

$40.00

Chief of Police

$80.00

$40.00

Aldermen

$80.00

$40.00

MOUNT LEBANON:

Mayor

 

$80.00

 

$40.00

Aldermen

$80.00

$40.00

RINGGOLD:

Mayor

 

$80.00

 

$40.00

Chief of Police

$80.00

$40.00

Councilmen

$80.00

$40.00

BRYCELAND:

Aldermen (1 Seat)

$80.00

$40.00

 





NOTICE TO PEOPLE OF BIENVILLE PARISH

A company called" Record Transfer Services" with a return address of Thousand Oaks,

California has been mailing out a notice entitled, "RECORDED DEED NOTICE."

 

This a private company soliciting business to provide a copy of a deed for $83.00.

This company is NOT  affiliated with the Clerk of Court's office or any other government

agency.  This is NOT a fee due our office.

 

Deeds are public records.  You may obtain a copy from our office for $1.00 per page.  Most deeds are 2-3 pages.

 

                                                                   

                Jim Martin, Clerk of Court

                 Bienville Parish, LA


Clerk's Office

 Phone 318-263-2123

Fax: 318-263-7426

 

The Clerk of Court in Louisiana keeps records of the court and serves as ex-officio notary public and parish recorder of conveyances, mortgages and other acts. Writs and orders involved in the judicial process are issued by the clerk's office. The clerk serves as the chief elections officer in the parish and oversees all phases of parish elections. The clerk is also a member of the parish jury commission which impanel persons for jury duty.

There are numerous other records maintained in the Clerk's office such as Bond records, Corporate Charters, Partnerships, Certificates of Trade names, Marriage Licenses, Discharge Papers and other miscellaneous instruments. Each recorded instrument is indexed and cross-indexed for easy reference.

All salaries and operating expenses are paid out of the fees as fixed by statute, collected for recordings, certified copies, and services rendered in connection with civil, probate, and criminal proceedings. NO TAX MONEY is provided for the operation of the office.

We are very proud to be able to serve the people of this parish in the Clerk's Office. If we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us.