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|Coenen undecided on re-election bid|
Fifth Judicial District Attorney Billy Coenen said he has not decided if he will seek re-election when qualifying opens next week for the fall primary elections.
Coenen and two other men were indicted last week on federal mail fraud charges stemming from a real estate deal in the Poverty Point Reservoir District.
Coenen said he had planned to retire when his current term ends next year, but the indictment has caused him to reconsider that move.
"Last summer, my family and I talked," Coenen said. "They wanted me to not seek re-election, but this recent turn of events has caused me to reconsider that decision."
Coenen has served as 5th Judicial District Attorney for 24 years. Before that, Coenen spent eight years as an assistant district attorney.
Coenen has until next week to decide if he will seek a seventh term.
That's when qualifying will begin for the September and October primary elections.
In addition to district attorney, a number of other national, state and local offices will be up for grabs.
District court judges, justices of the peace, constables, and public service commissioners will be decided in the fall election cycle.
Also, a seat on the state court of appeals will appear on the ballot.
Franklin Parish Clerk of Court Ann Johnson cautioned potential candidates to come prepared.
"The qualifying fee has to be in cash, cashiers check, or money order," Johnson said. "Also, they must bring a copy of their voter registration from the registrar of voters."
Qualifying will begin July 9 at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through July 11, when it will close at 5 p.m.
Candidates can qualify in the clerk of court's office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the qualifying period.
State-wide, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will face reelection, where she is expected to face off against state treasurer John Kennedy.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander will also face reelection in November.
The closed, party primaries will be held Sept. 6. An "open," non-party specific primary will be held Oct. 4.
The general election for all offices in the fall election cycle will be held Nov. 4, in conjunction with the 2008 presidential election.