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May 2, 2014 8:14 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

May 2014 Election Preview

The polls will open in less than 24 hours for tomorrow's run-off election. Voters in five parishes will decide several positions and propositions.

In St. Landry Parish, the district 10 school board seat is up for grabs, with democrats Hazel McCrea-Sias and Stephen Woods running against each other. McCrea-Sias is a former educator, and Woods is an accountant. Woods has held the seat since former school board member Quincy Richard was ousted. Richard was convicted last year of federal bribery and conspiracy after trying to bribe a superintendent candidate. He was sentenced in February to 33 months in prison.

In St. Martin Parish, the St. Martinville mayor's seat is up for grabs. It's a run-off race between the city's current mayor Thomas Nelson and challenger Melinda Narcisse-Mitchell. Last month Nelson, who's been in office for the last eight years, racked up 45 percent of the vote. Narcisse-Mitchell was close behind with 31 percent.

Also in St. Martin Parish, Debra Landry and Nary Smith Sr. are squaring off in a run-off race for the district four seat on the St. Martinville City Council. Landry was appointed to the seat after Ronald Charles died and currently holds the position. In last month's election, Smith, a former assistant police chief in St. Martinville, was behind Landry by only 43 votes.

A sales tax rededication is on the ballot in Eunice.

In Acadia Parish, there are two parish-wide tax renewals, one for public libraries and another for senior citizen programs.

Voters in Iberia Parish will decide on a sales tax proposition to maintain roads and bridges.

Jeff Davis parish voters will decide a sales tax for the jail.

Two tax renewals in St. Landry Parish deal with education, one would supplement teacher salaries and the other would maintain schools.

There are eight tax propositions on the ballot in St. Martin Parish, covering fire protection, recreation, drainage and maintaining the parish's roads and library system.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening.



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