LIVINGSTON -- Mayoral races go before voters in Albany and Killian in the Nov. 6 election, along with two seats on the Livingston Parish School Board.
One-term incumbent Gene Glasscock faces opposition from Eileen Bates McCarroll and Richard Herring Jr.
Both seek a change in direction for the town of 1,100 on the east end of Livingston Parish, while Glasscock wants to continue the work he has implemented the last four years.
A second term would allow for completion of a sewer project to connect services to the south side of Interstate 12, Glasscock said.
Glasscock, a lifelong resident of Albany, worked in the petrochemical industry until his retirement 20 years ago. He served 16 years on the town council, and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.
McCarroll believes the town needs changes, and that it will take new leader to bring them to fruition.
To achieve those goals, town needs to tout the high performance of the school system, the low crime rate and the fire department's No. 3 rating to lure more residential and commercial growth to the area, she said.
McCarroll served as executive director of the Louisiana State Pardon Board during the administrations of Mike Foster, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and Bobby Jindal.
She has also worked as a paralegal and served as Albany town clerk in the early 1980s under then-Mayor George Stewart.
Herring, a first-time candidate, believes a change in leadership would help bring progress to the town.
A new approach to development of the town and a more aggressive move to attract new businesses rank high on Herring's priority list.
Incumbent town council members Jerry Glasscock, Kim Stewart, Edmond Harris, Lloyd "Bee" Martin and S. Gerald Stelly --- along with council hopefuls Ronnie Glassock and S. Gerald Stilley -- all target economic growth, particularly along the Interstate 12 corridor.
Improvements to the water and sewage system and lower bills on water services all rank high on the priority list for the council members.
In addition, police chief candidate Brian Keith Stewart has challenged incumbent Ronnie Hutchinson.
LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
On the Livingston Parish School Board incumbent Jim Richardson will seek another term against Frank Parrino for the District 8 seat.
Devin Gregoire and Bryan Neal will challenge for the District 9 seat held by Sid Kinchen, who did not qualify.
Interim Mayor Bock and Alderman Windham, a four-term mayor, will face each other in the Nov. 6 primary election. The winner for the pro-bono will serve the remainder of the unexpired term of Craig McGehee, who left the post two months after he started his second term to accept a job in Midland, Texas.
Bock has previously suggested that the town outsource its water service to French Settlement Water Co., a move Windham opposes. Bock doubts the town’s limited revenue stream can cover the costs to implement improvements to the water service.
Windham said he wants to focus on purchase of a new water tank to improve volume. He also wants to replacement of water lines and culverts.