Heather Walker, wife of newly-elected Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, was last night elected on a 7-4 vote to serve out her husband’s term on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ). The term for the District Twelve seat will last until the end of 2015. Police Jury elections are set for Saturday, October 24.
As we had earlier reported, the two nominees were Walker and Aaron James. Walker was nominated by Walter Pullen, and James by Theresa Wyatt.
Voting for Walker were:
Hazel Hunter (District Two)
Bobby Bennett (District Three)
Randy Roberson (District Four)
David Hammons (District Five)
Walter Pullen (District Six)
Jody Backus (District Seven)
Skip Russell (District Eight)
Voting for James were:
Prior to the vote, Juror Jody Backus said that Ronny Walker visited with several of the constituents and was told that his wife should finish his term.
Said Backus, “He reported that after visiting with several of his constituents, along with himself, recommended that Mrs. Walker complete his unfinished portion of his term. Anyone in opposition of this is displaying a disregard to the will of the voters in District Twelve.”
After the vote, Juror Walter Pullen suggested that as Mrs. Walker is of Asian descent, it was a plus for diversity.
Said Pullen, “It’s a great opportunity to add another woman and another minority, and a minority group that hasn’t been covered. So I think this is a great day for all of us.”