Area voters have been recently “robo-polled” on several potential candidates for Lincoln Parish Sheriff, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has learned.
The automated calls originated from a 225 area code, which would indicate the Baton Rouge area. LPNO was told the call begins by claiming that incumbent Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone has indicated to some of his supporters that he may not seek reelection this fall.
Several names are mentioned as possible candidates: Chad Alexander, Jim Tuten, and Stephen Williams (all LPSO deputies); and Randall Hermes, now Chief of the LA Tech Police, and former Ruston PD Chief. The call then asks the voter to make a selection.
Adding to the speculation that Stone may not run is the lack of money in his campaign fund. As of 1/8/15, Stone had but $4,200 on hand.