Chamber Hosts Candidate Night at Political Museum

Response was good Thursday, Aug. 31, when the Winn Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet & Greet the candidates event in the historical ambiance of the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame.  The main room was filled with both candidates and spectators.

Local candidates were invited to participate on the night.  Museum director Shonna Moss set the evening in motion as she called on the attending hopefuls who were then able to make brief remarks on their hopes and aspirations for their particular office, should they win their election bids.

First up was Stacey Melerine of Shreveport who is seeking the District 4 seat on the BESE board.  Up next was Mike McConathy of Natchitoches who is seeking the District 31 seat, Louisiana State Senate.

Following were the three candidates for Winn Parish Sheriff.  First to speak was incumbent Cranford Jordan.  He was followed by Josh McAllister and then Dylan Womack.

The final parishwide office to be decided on the fall ballot is that of Assessor.  Both incumbent Lawrence Desadier and challenger Chet Atkins were on hand to lay out their platforms.

Voters will choose their Police Jury members in four districts this fall and candidates were on hand to express their views.  District 3 candidates are Darrell Franks, Kevin Pharr and Bryan Price and each explained their plans for office.  District 4 speakers were incumbent Tammy Griffin and Stanley Garrett.  District 6 incumbent Author Robinson was on hand to express his hopes for the next four years. 

A final presentation was made by Ron Skains on behalf of Lake Charles native Hunter Lundy was is making his bid for governor.

The audience seemed to accept the evening’s presentations as even-handed for while question & answer opportunities were offered after each talk, few were asked.  Light refreshments were enjoyed.