One would hardly believe that Shreveport has an incumbent city marshal with the number of announced candidates lining up to qualify for this race. The names in the mix as this writing are five — Charlie Caldwell (the incumbent), Don Otis, Joey Hester and Richard Johnson.
The newly redistricted Shreveport City Council voter registration numbers are now officially in the statewide voter computer system. Overall, the new registration numbers show that Shreveport’s black majority voter registration has increased. Total registered voters as of June 16 are 128, 356; the composition is 67,613 or 52.
State Rep. Roy Burrell has an annual “Look at Me” summer program to showcase his “leadership.” It’s called Bizcamp. Burrell’s Inner City Entrepreneur Institute (I.C.E.), a private nonprofit corporation, puts on this one-week educational event for approximately 30 kids.
To her credit, Ollie Tyler has made history — not once, but twice. With the strong backing of civil rights activist Dr. Artis Cash, Tyler became the first black and the first woman to be named superintendent of Caddo schools in 2003.
It’s not unusual for a retired elected official to maintain a public persona after his term in office ends, or at least attempt to do so. Although most say they relish going back to private life, many miss the day-to-day excitement of being the “go-to” guy who can always generate a media buzz.
Now that the ballyhoo over the recently announced alliance between Duck Commander and the Independence Bowl (which is now the “Duck Commander Independence Bowl”) has subsided, many citizens are questioning the finances of this new sponsorship agreement.
Yep, it’s true. Rep. Roy Burrell just can’t get “no respect” when it comes to his misguided aspirations to become Shreveport’s next mayor. If he proceeds with his announced candidacy, there’s little doubt that he will get “no satisfaction” from a second effort for the crown.
Like before, the Commission has picked a date where the bond issue is the only ballot issue — Saturday, May 3. By the narrowest of margins (59 votes), the last attempted bond issue was defeated on Oct. 19, 2013. And as before, the Commission does not have a sound basis for asking for these funds from over taxed property owners.