Election Campaigns Begin; Newcomers Enter All City Races

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With the July 20 qualifying deadline less than three weeks away, citizens are stepping up to challenge most of Central’s current elected officials. Here is how the races are shaping up:
Mayor: David Barrow, who served as Central’s Chief Administrative Officer for Central’s first Mayor, Mac Watts, and for sitting Mayor Junior Shelton, has announced he will challenge Shelton for the mayor’s office. Mayor Junior Shelton announced his re-election campaign in October of 2017.
Chief of Police: Roger Corcoran, who recently retired from the EBR Sheriff’s Office will face off against Central’s current Chief, James Salsbury, a retiree of the Baton Rouge Police Dept.
City Council: Central’s current Council voted to expand the size of the City Council to seven seats by adding two At-Large positions and placing the other five seats in Districts. Each Central voter will cast votes for two candidates who run At-Large, and for one candidate in that voter’s District. While nothing is official until qualifying, here is who is in the running so far:
District 1: Charlie Habig, retiring from Local 198, has announced his candidacy.
District 2: Attorney Josh Roy is challenging current Council Member John Vance.
District 3: Central Speaks editor Dave Freneaux, declining this week to enter the Mayor’s race, intends to qualify, and current Council Member Kim Fralick is undecided.
District 4: Retired USPS employee Marcella French has announced her candidacy, and current Council Member Shane Evans is undecided.
District 5: Retired educator Charles Lee Hinton and Attorney Brit Myer have both announced.
At-Large: Industrial salesman Ryan Meador and Current Council Member Wayne Messina have announced as candidates. The two at large candidates receiving the most votes are elected.
The full official slate of candidates who qualify will be published in the July 26th edition of Central Speaks.

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