CLINTON — One of 10 candidates seeking seats on the five-member Board of Aldermen in the Nov. 6 election withdrew this week, citing the possibility of having to defend her election in court.
Wendi Hooge, who is chief civil deputy for the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, said some people had raised questions about holding dual offices if she were to be elected.
“If I won, it could have been contested,” she said Wednesday.
A provision in state law says a deputy sheriff also may serve as either mayor or alderman of a municipality, provided the population is 2,500 or less. Clinton’s population was 1,998 in 2010, according to the federal census.
Remaining in the race are incumbents Johnny Beauchamp, George Kilbourne, Clovis Matthews and Lisa Davis Washington, along with challengers Marilyn Goff, Jonathan L. Loveall, Dequincey Matthews, Dana Tucker and Kim Wilson Young.
Alderwoman Lori Ann Bell is running for mayor against Robert Frank Flowers and incumbent Don Reason.