Posted: Oct 4, 2013 8:40 AM
Updated: Oct 4, 2013 8:40 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Four candidates are battling for the newly created position of West Feliciana Parish president in an Oct. 19 election that should set the tone for the area's new form of government.
The parish president position was created in 2012 when voters approved a home rule charter form of government to replace the police jury system.
Businessman Kevin Couhig, former state Rep. Tom McVea and West Feliciana Parish police jurors Lea Reid Williams and John Kean are vying for the new job.
Early voting starts Saturday and runs through Oct. 12.
All four candidates said the need for economic development in rural West Feliciana is one of the most important issues facing the parish and its next leader.