ELECTION RESULTS: Winner of BESE Dist. 5 is Lance Harris; runoff for Dist. 4

Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 6:44 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2023 at 9:06 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The winner for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) District 5 is Lance Harris. Meanwhile, in District 4, a runoff is projected between Stacey Melerine and Emma Shepard.

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District 4:

  • Paige Hoffpauir (R)
    • Lifelong Louisiana resident.
    • Hoffpauir is a businesswoman and community leader
  • Stacey Melerine (R)
    • Melerine is a native of the Shreveport-Bossier City area.
    • She has a bachelor’s degree in law and is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association.
    • Currently serves as a secretary for the Junior League of Shreveport Bossier and was named Junior League’s Volunteer of the Year.
    • Former member of the board of directors of Catholic Charities of North Louisiana and Girls on the Run of Shreveport.
  • Emma Shepard (D)
    • Shepard earned a master’s in elementary education and teaching and an education specialist degree.
    • Her experience includes working as a teacher and serving as the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, the LAE Board of Directors, and the YWCA Racial and Social Justice Committee.

District 5:

  • “Toby” Brazzel (R)
    • Brazzel earned bachelor’s degrees in both finance and aviation.
    • His career experience includes working as an investment advisory representative with Allstate Financial Services, LLC.
    • Founded Hands for Healing International and is affiliated with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Alexandria Rotary Club.
  • Lance Harris (R)
    • Harris’ experience includes working as a business executive and as a State Representative for Rapides Parish.

Keep up-to-date on the results here >>> ELECTION RESULTS

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