Dial Dalfred: Candidate Controversy


CROWLEY – It’s election season in the Rice Capital of the World and the seat for Ward 3, District B is opening up for the first time in 12 years.

There are two candidates competing for the seat, but one of them says his competition is running in the wrong race.

Ward 3, tucked away in the southwest corner of the city has a heated race brewing.

Candidate Walter Andrus says his opponent, Byron Wilridge, is a resident of Ward 1, therefore ineligible to run for third ward office.

“He has lived in Ward 1 for the last eight years. He has voted in Ward one for the past eight years. Now all of a sudden when he went to talk to the voter registrar, she told him that she believed he was in Ward 3”, candidate Andrus sai.

According to Andrus, he was told anyone who lived on Lurose Drive should she be a resident of Ward 1.

Here’s where wires get crossed: current city maps show 10th Street running to the edge of town.

At some point between 1990 and 2010, this section of 10th became an extension of Lurose.

We spoke to candidate Wilridge who says the registrar of voters told him in 2010 his voting district was Ward 1 when he gave a Lurose address.

In addition to the misunderstanding, street signs were not changed until last week, adding more confusion to an already complex situation.

Mr. Andrus did file a complaint with the registrar of voters, who responded with a letter, confirming Mr. Wilridge is registered in the correct district.

All candidates contending for office will be at a candidate forum on Thursday at the Martin Luther King Center starting at 6 p.m. A meet and greet beginning at 5:30

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