Candidate withdraws from LA Senate District 39 race

Norton asks DA to look into the status of Tarver’s residency; DA’s office rejects her request

LA Senate District 39 race: Firestorm erupts on eve of court hearing in Tarver's lawsuit against Norton

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — One of the people challenging Louisiana state Sen. Greg Tarver’s re-election bid has withdrawn from the race.

Democrat Shante’ Wells, of Shreveport, has submitted the paperwork necessary to end his candidacy, the Louisiana secretary of state’s office confirmed Thursday afternoon.

District 39 Senate race: Wells drops out; DA rejects Norton's request to look into Tarver's residency

Still challenging the incumbent are Democrat Barbara Norton, of Shreveport, and Republican James F. “Jim” Slagle, of Vivian.

Norton, a term-limited state representative, held a news conference Thursday to dispute Tarver’s claims that she does not live in the Senate district.

She went further and, in a meeting Thursday with Caddo District Attorney James Stewart, asked that his office look into the status of Tarver’s residency.

Norton claimed that Tarver’s voter information report proves he’s trying to live and work at the same location.

“It’s a business but it has resident(s) by it. And as an elected official, you can’t do that.”

The district attorney’s office responded to Norton late Thursday afternoon, saying it has rejected her request.

Tarver’s candidate qualifying form shows his home address on North Cross Drive in north Shreveport in District 39.

Earlier this week, Tarver sued Norton and Wells over their residency status.

During her news conference, Norton described living at two locations these days, including a home she leases on Spyglass Circle in Senate District 38.

As for the house on McAlpine Street in District 39, Norton said she has rented a room there for more than a year from her cousin Fannie Dixon.

Norton added that the home she leases in District 38 is still used, mostly for business, and said she lives more at the house in District 39.

And despite a lack of paperwork, the state representative doesn’t believe proving that fact should be too difficult.

“People have agreement. I’m sure there’s somewhere in the world that you have agreement or had an agreement and ya’ll shook hands. And you all knew at the end of the day that your word was good and their word was good.”

As for Norton's claims, Tarver said he will not respond to such claims.

But he did want to give her one message:

“I will see you in court tomorrow.”

A hearing about the lawsuit he filed against Norton is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Norton insisted she is telling the truth and is ready to take the witness stand and testify to the same - under threat of perjury.

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