With all the political hoopla in the past few weeks focused on other races, the upcoming election for all 12 members of the Caddo Parish School Board drew scant, if any, attention. Not that these elected positions are not important — quite the contrary.
It’s always a pleasant surprise when an unheralded candidate suddenly appears on the local political scene and qualifies for office. Such is the case with the recent announcement by Trina Chu that she will run for Caddo District Judge; she qualified this week.
Once again, rumors have surfaced that Shreveport City Councilman Sam Jenkins will run for mayor rather than seek reelection to his District G council seat. A few months ago, Sam had two false starts at events scheduled to announce his candidacy for Shreveport’s top elected job.
In what will be the battle of the lawsuits, the city of Shreveport and Calvin Grigsby (actually Grigsby & Associates Inc.) have squared off against each other over the termination of Grigsby’s financial service contract with the city for the re-structuring of the city’s bond indebtedness and marketing of the $165 million of municipal bonds.
Ollie Tyler’s mayoral campaign hypes her “great success” as the Caddo school superintendent during her tenure (July 1, 2003 — July 31, 2007). And in fact, Tyler claims that her administrative experience in Caddo (and in Baton Rouge/New Orleans) make her the most qualified candidate to be Shreveport’s next mayor.
It’s almost unheard of for an incumbent district attorney to be defeated in a re-election bid, especially after serving only one term. But that may just be the case for embattled Caddo District Attorney Charles Scott, whose six -year term ends this year.
At his inauguration party in 2006, newly minted Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover started the festivities with a celebratory announcement “Well, here we are ...” He was, of course, referred to his narrow victory over Jerry Jones and his election as Shreveport's first African American mayor.