Qualifying concludes for October 1 election

Deidre Cruse, Government Reporter

Another 17 candidates signed up Friday, the final day of qualifying, raising the number of contenders on the October 1 ballot to 57 in 21 local races, according to information from Clerk of Court J. G. “Bubbie” Dupont Jr.'s Office.

The most crowded race on the ballot will be for White Castle mayor. Incumbent Maurice “Big Moe” Brown, indicted by a federal grand jury last week, drew three opponents, including Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem Gerald Jermarr Williams. The other four incumbent aldermen qualified in a field of nine candidates seeking the five seats on the Board of Aldermen.

Police Chief Mario D. Brown, also indicted last week, will face two challengers.

All 15 incumbent Iberville Parish School Board members filed for re-election. Six were unopposed and have won a new term – Albertha Davis “Alp” Hasten of White Castle, and Glyna M. Kelley, Paul B. Distefano, Michael “Chief” Barbee, Dorothy R. Sansoni and Brian S. Willis, all of Plaquemine. The nine others face opposition.

Incumbent Maringouin Mayor John F. Overton faces opposition Alderman Samuel C. “Sammy” Collura. Three of the four other aldermen filed for re-election in a field of 11 candidates for the Board of Aldermen. Alderman Cherise Dupree Gougisha did not file for re-election.

Incumbent Maringouin Police Chief John E. Simien faces a rematch with former chief Hosea K. Anderson. Simien won the last race, four years ago, by three votes.

These are the qualifiers:

Iindicates the incumbent.

School Board District A

Karen “Kay” Jewell of Maringouin

Donald Ray Patterson of Maringouin

Stanley Washington of Maringouin, I

School Board District B

David “Worm” Daigle of Grosse Tete, I

Pamela George of Grosse Tete

School Board District C

Glyna M. Kelley of Plaquemine, I


School Board District D

Michael J. Hebert Jr. of Plaquemine, I

Rhett E. Marionneaux of Plaquemine

Donna R. Purpera of Plaquemine

School Board District E

Paul B. Distefano of Plaquemine, I


School Board District F

Michael “Chief” Barbee of Plaquemine, I


School Board District G

Tom Delahaye of Plaquemine, I

Billy Dunn Sr. of Plaquemine

School Board District F

Dorothy R. Sansoni of Plaquemine, I


School Board District I

Yolanda Butler Laws of Plaquemine, I

Earl Pania of Plaquemine

School Board District J

Brian S. Willis of Plaquemine, I


School Board District K

Annette A. Brigalia

Nancy T. Broussard of St. Gabriel, I

School Board District L

Irene Delone Dennis of White Castle

Freddie “Sam” Molden III of White Castle, I

School Board District M

Melvin Lodge of St. Gabriel, I

Russell Redditt of St. Gabriel

Felton “Popie” Williams Jr. of St. Gabriel

School Board District N

Albertha Davis “Alp” Hasten of White Castle, I


School Board District O

Kenneth Burleigh of White Castle

Darlene M. Ourso of White Castle, I

Mayor, Town of Maringouin

Samuel C. “Sammy” Collura

John F. Overton,I

Chief of Police, Town of Maringouin

Hosea K. Anderson

John E. Simien, I

Alderman, Town of Maringouin

Kirkland Anderson Sr., I

John E. Carriere

Dedric Davenport

Edward James Jr., I

Janeen H. Northern

Lester Pryer Jr.

Garrick Scott

Guy Thomas Jr.

Demi Vorise, I

Sam W. Watson

Clarence “D-Dot” Wiley

Mayor, Town of White Castle

Ernest J. “Bay Boy” Allen Sr.

Oneal “Elmo” Bosley

Maurice “Big Moe” Brown, I

Gerald Jermarr Williams

Chief of Police, White Castle

Mario D. Brown, I

R. L. Downs Jr.

Michael Troy Robinson Sr.

Alderman, Town of White Castle

John “Plug” Barlow, I

Erick “Duck” Batiste, I

Kendrick Fleming

Jonathan “JonKris” Greene, I

Eric Jackson

Kipp V. Knight

Dionne “Bambi” Lewis

Barbara “Bo” O'Bear

Garnell Young, I

Note: Most of the candidates filed as Democrats. The exceptions are six “No Party” candidates, School Board Member Nancy Broussard, School Board candidate Billy Dunn, Maringouin alderman candidate Clarence Wiley, White Castle mayoral candidate Oneal Bosley, and White Castle alderman candidates Batiste and Fleming, and two “Other” party candidates, School Board contenders Marionneaux and Purpera. No Republicans qualified.