Disqualified Candidate for Mayor of Arcadia Loses Appeal

LaShondra Elaine Russell’s has lost her appeal to be reinstated as a candidate for the position of Mayor of Arcadia.  Qualifying for the November 8th election ended July 22nd.  Three candidates, O’Landis “Bubba” Millican, LaShondra Elaine Russell, and Bonnie Stephenson qualified for the Mayor of the town of Arcadia race. 

On July 26, Angela Millican filed an “Objection to Candidacy” petition against LaShondra Elaine Russell.  In the petition, Ms. Millican stated that “pursuant to LA R.S. 18:463, all candidates for public office and in this case, the Office of Mayor for the Town of Arcadia, must have been domiciled and actually resided for at least the immediate preceding year in the municipality for which the office is sought.”  Ms. Millican sought to have Ms. Russell disqualified as a candidate for the Mayor’s position because Ms. Russell “did not meet the qualification for having domiciled and actually resided in the city limits for the preceding year prior to qualifying.”  

After considering the petition, evidence, and testimonies of Ms. Millican and Ms. Russell at a hearing held on Monday, August 1st, Judge Glenn Fallin ordered that Ms. Russell be disqualified as candidate for the office of Mayor of the town of Arcadia.

On Tuesday, August 2nd, Ms. Russell filed an appeal in the case with the Second Circuit of Appeals.  Yesterday, August 9, the Second Circuit of Appeals discerned “no manifest error in the trial court’s disqualification of Russell,” and affirmed the trial judge’s decision.  Ms. Russell lost her appeal and will not appear on the November 8 ballot as a candidate for Mayor of Arcadia.

See the complete judgement by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals below.


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