LIVINGSTON – Early voting gets begins Saturday for the March 25 primary elections in French Settlement, Killian and Springfield.

The early voting starts at 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m. Saturday and continues through Saturday at the Registrar of Voters Office on  Street in Livingston.  

Voters in 18 precincts covering French Settlement, Killian and Springfield will decide on offices in a small ballot of races.

The election for French Settlement Chief of Police figures as the most hotly contested race in the parish.

Former Police Chief Harry Brignac will vie to get his seat back against opposition from Jeffrey Arnold and Waylon Stafford.

Delinquent fines from the Louisiana Board of Ethics forced Brignac to withdraw from his bid for re-election in the November race, but the state allowed him to hold his office until the end of 2016.

The Board of Ethics fined Brignac a total $3,000 for failure to file Tier 3 annual personal financial disclosure statements in 2013 and 2014, according to records filed in the Livingston Parish Courthouse.

The total reflected two fines of $1,500.

Candidates for seats on the Springfield Board of Aldermen include incumbents L.D. Barringer, Mildred Cowsar, Greg Hill and John Traylor. Tim Hutchinson runs as a first-time candidate, while former Mayor Charlie Martin also seeks a spot on the Board.

Martin, who served as mayor from 1987-2015, gave up his seat as a plea agreement in 21st Judicial District Court. Martin faced four felony counts for the illegal dismissal of a motorist’s DWI, which led to his arrest as well as Police Chief Jimmy Jones in 2011.

Then-District Judge Bruce Bennett deferred and suspended Martin’s two-year sentence on criminal mischief

The plea agreement barred Martin from seeking re-election as Mayor, but not for a seat on the Board of Aldermen.

Cowsar, Martin and Traylor enter the race as Democrats, while Barringer and Hill run with no party affiliation. Hutchinson’s party affiliation is listed as “other.”

In Killian, six candidates – four Republicans and two non-party entries – seek seats on the Board of Aldermen. Brian Binkley, J. Paul Canik, Blaine LeMarie and Gillis Windham comprise the GOP hopefuls, while Jerry “JJ” Barnum Jr. and Vince Deliberto Jr. will run without party affiliation.

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