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Judge rules in favor of Keys
from The Concordia Sentinel
August 3, 2017 -

A lawsuit challenging the election of Andrew Keys as the new District D alderman for the Town of Ferriday has been dismissed in Seventh Judicial District Court.

Ferriday Alderman Johnny Woodruff had filed the suit seeking to disqualify Keys as the new aldermen for District D, the seat currently held by Woodruff.

But with the ruling, Keys is cleared to take office.

Keys was the lone person to qualify three weeks ago for a special election for the District D seat.

Woodruff had previously been appointed to fill the seat until a special election could be held. He took over the post held by Johnnie Brown, who died in March.

Woodruff claimed in his suit that he personally failed to qualify for the special election because the Town of Ferriday failed to properly advertise the matter. He said he didn’t know the qualifying period had been held until it was over.

But Judge John Reeves ruled on

Tuesday that the Keys “is qualified as a candidate for the October 14, 2017 special election,” and that the petition contesting the election “shall be dismissed with prejudice.”

Further, Reeves ruled that “the exceptions of preemption, no cause of action, no right of action, and prematurity filed by defendant, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, be sustained.”

The judge divided the court cost for the suit between the plaintiff Woodruff and the Town of Ferriday and Keyes.

The lawsuit was heard in court July 25 and July 27.

Attorneys in the case were Brandy McClure for Woodruff, Lani Durio for the Secretary of State and Myisha Davis for the Town of Ferriday.

“I would like to thank alderman Johnny Woodruff for his service to the town of Ferriday,” Keys said today. “I look forward to a smooth transition.”

Keys said the “late Reverend Johnnie L. Brown Sr. waged a valiant fight for the young people in our town by way of advocating for their education and recreation. In that model I will follow in Reverend Brown's footsteps.

“The court system has spoken and I respect the decision of the court. People here need education and jobs. I will be addressing the need for economic development, housing, infrastructure, and professionally trained law enforcement. I look forward in representing District D, meeting with the mayor and the council members individually and doing what is right to move Ferriday forward.”


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