Quincy Richard's seat goes to runoff election - KLFY News 10

Quincy Richard's seat goes to runoff election

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The District 10 seat on the St. Landry Parish School Board, vacated by disgraced former board member Quincy Richard, will be filled with a May 3 runoff election.

Stephen Woods, with a background in accounting for the school board, was appointed to Richard's seat following his removal last October.

Woods needed more than half the vote in District 10 to retain the seat, he received nearly 24 percent in Saturday's special election. His opponent, longtime St. Landry Parish educator, Hazel McCrea-Sias, walked away with about 43 percent.

"No one really knew that is was time to go vote, because when I was knocking on doors people was like ‘why are we having an election?'" said Woods.

Voter turnout for District 10 was low.

According to the Parish Clerk of Court, only 412 voters went to the polls. There are more than 4,500 residents in Richard's old district.

"If you were in the school system you probably knew, but other than that a lot of people I spoke to had no idea election time was coming," said Woods.

Woods said the winner in May will face the challenge of re-building, following Richard's attempt to bribe Joseph Cassimere, a candidate for superintendent, a move that landed Richard in prison for nearly three years; plus fines and community service.

"[The next candidate needs to] Bring it back to a feeling to where number one we're putting our children first. I know that's easy to say, but you have to have someone in there that's willing to do that," says Woods.

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