Campti names interim mayor

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After months of uncertainty that resulted in the removal of a former mayor, the Town of Campti has a new one. During a special called meeting May 23, the council appointed LaRon Winslow to fill the mayor’s job.

He was sworn in May 31 by Judge Van Kyzar. A special election will be Oct. 12. If a runoff is required, it will be Nov. 16. The appointment of Winslow ends months of controversy after Mozella Bell was elected Campti Mayor in November of last year and took office Jan. 1.

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Later that month, District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington declared the office vacant after an investigation revealed Bell was not a Campti resident but instead lived in Coushatta.

She used an abandoned structure outside the city limits of Campti as an address when she qualified for the office in July of last year.

She was also a registered voter in Clarence. Harrington began his investigation after receiving written complaints from a registered voter challenging Bell’s residency.