11 candidates so far in Waveland
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 19, 2014, 20:35
Campaign season is in full swing in the city of Waveland--11 candidates have officially signed up for this year's municipal elections and several others have expressed interest.
Qualifying began on Aug. 5 and it will continue until Sept. 5.
By press time Tuesday, 11 candidates had qualified.
This year there will be three open races in the city.
Mayor David Garcia announced last month that he will not seek reelection. Likewise, Ward One Alderman Lili Stahler is not running in 2014, either.
Ward Four Councilman Mark Kidd is running for mayor, leaving his alderman spot open.
In the mayor's race, Kidd, MIke Smith, and Brent Anderson have all signed up under the Democratic ticket. Jay Trapani has publicly announced his intentions to run for mayor, but has yet to qualify.
In Ward One, Roger Estopinol (D), is the only candidate to qualify so far.
In Ward Two, incumbent Rickey Geoffrey (D), will seek re-election. Bobby Richardson has thrown his hat into the ring under the Republican ticket.
In Ward Three, incumbent Shane Lafontaine (D), is currently running unopposed.
In Ward Four, former alderman Charles Piazza is running as an Independent. Brett Ladner and Brent Pitre are running as Republicans, and Bryce Phillips is running under the Libertarian ticket.
This year's city primary elections are scheduled for Nov. 4 and the general election is set for Dec. 2.
Waveland operates under a special city charter and holds its elections on different years than most cities in the state.
Candidates can run for office by going to city hall during the qualifying period and declaring a specific party.
Independent candidates can also run if they obtain 50 signatures in their respective wards.