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Two sign up for district judge seat, qualifying ends Friday

by Minden Press-Herald

Two candidates have qualified as of Friday morning for the open 26th Judicial District Judge seat left vacant after Judge Jeff Cox was elected to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in November 2016.

Vying for the district judge seat are Republicans Cynthia Carroll-Bridges and Lane Pittard.

Carroll-Bridges is a Shreveport-Based attorney who practices in the areas of family law and adoptions.

Pittard has served as first assistant district attorney in Bossier and Webster parishes for the past 14 years.

In Doyline, incumbent Mayor Steven Bridwell is the sole candidate for the village’s top seat.

Bridwell was appointed mayor in February following former Mayor Gary Carter’s resignation in January after his arrest on a charge of domestic abuse battery by strangulation.

Before holding the mayoral seat, Bridwell was a village alderman. His seat was vacated after being appointed mayor and then filled by Republican Crystal “Christie” Gates, who is the sole candidate for the alderman seat.

As of press time, no candidates have qualified for the District 1 Justice of the Peace constable seat.

Statewide, five have qualified for the state treasurer position. They include Angele Davis, Derrick Edwards, Joseph D. Little, Neil Riser and John Schroder.

Qualifying ends at 4 p.m. Friday.

The election is set for Oct. 14 with early voting set for Sept. 30 through Oct. 7. The deadline to register is Sept. 13.

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