Shumate qualifying

Livingston Parish Deputy Clerk of Court Crystal Young assists Denham Springs Marshal Joe Shumate during qualifying on opening day July 12.

John Dupont | The News

LIVINGSTON –Three more candidates qualified Thursday for what has become an increasingly crowded race Oct. 14 for a Denham Springs City Council seat.

The entries on the second day of qualifying at Livingston Parish Courthouse marked the only new names to sign up for the primary election. The three-day qualifying period for the statewide and municipal elections ends today (Friday, July 14) at 4:30 p.m.

Republicans Scott Kimble, Laura Schmitt Smith and Keith Stark joined first-day qualifiers Ray Riley and Brian Ross in the race for the seat Chris Davis vacated in February when he relocated to Mississippi for job reasons.

Five candidates qualified on opening day, July 12.

Three appointed incumbents signed up to serve the remainder of the terms for their respective predecessors, while two non-incumbents candidates signed to run for a city council seat.

Denham Springs Ward 2 Marshal Joe Shumate, a Republican, will seek a full term for the spot Jerry Denton vacated when he took office as City Court Judge.

Republican Bo Graham, an interim member of the Livingston Parish School Board, qualified to fill the remainder of the term for Jimmy Watson, who stepped down when he took office as Walker mayor.

GOP candidate Kathleen Abels, whose resume includes four-year terms as Killian alderman and mayor, will seek to fill a term as District 10 constable. The Livingston Parish Council, through nomination by  District 8 Councilman Tab Lobell, appointed Abels to the seat vacated upon the death of her stepfather, Barry White.

Democrat Ray Riley and Republican Brian Ross – the first qualifier of the day – will vie for the City Council seat formerly held by Chris Davis, who resigned earlier this year after he accepted a job in Mississippi. Arthur Perkins, the longtime councilman who returned to office to fill Davis's vacant seat, said he does not intend to run.

In the race for state treasurer, state Sen. Neil Riser, former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis and former state Rep. John Schroder were among the Republican candidates who qualified. New Orleans attorney Derrick Edwards was the lone Democrat to qualify, while Joseph D. Little entered the race as a Libertarian candidate.

Three Republicans are vying for the District 2 seat on the Public Service Commission – Damon Baldone and former state Rep. Lenar Whitney, both of Houma, and Craig Greene of Baton Rouge.

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