JT heard the Court of Appeal, Third Circuit, has upheld a decision by Tenth Judicial District Judge Desiree Dyess that candidate Mozella Bell did not live in Campti when she was elected mayor of the municipality in November of 2018. Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington challenged Bell’s election acting on complaints by Tarlisha Hudson and CyNita Nash, two registered voters who live in Campti.
JT followed the story as the complaints alleged that the Hwy. 480 address listed by Bell at qualifying was not only vacant but was outside the city limits.
The Times even ran a picture of the dilapidated and boarded up house that obviously was not inhabited. DA Harrington filed a petition in January declaring there to be a vacancy in the mayor’s office. In February, Bell listed a Campti address of 275 Barnum St., in Campti and in March, Dyess found in favor of Harrington.
So what does Bell do?