Ward-Hoover wins Natchez mayor race, will relinquish parish council seat


School Board sales tax, in perpetuity, approved by voters
Carolyn Roy | News Editor
Steps are underway this week for Patsy Ward-Hoover to transition into the Village of Natchez mayor’s seat. Hoover won the election April 30 to unseat incumbent Rosia Humphries.
According to Clerk of Court David Stamey, the voting machines were opened at the warehouse Tuesday morning and the election results will be certified Friday. Anyone wanting to contest the election results will have until 5 p.m. May 26 to do so.

This article published in the May 5, 2022, print edition

Ward-Hoover is an elected member of the Natchitoches Parish Council and cannot hold two elected offices. If no one contests the results, she will send a letter of resignation to the Secretary of State.
Humphries will sere as mayor through June 30 and Ward-Hoover will take office July 1.
When Ward-Hoover sends in her letter of resignation to the Secretary of State, the Natchitoches Parish Government will take action. If the unexpired term of an office is one year or less, the person appointed to fill the vacancy, or designated to assume the duties of the office, serves for the remainder of the unexpired term. If the unexpired term exceeds one year, the governing authority, within 20 days after the vacancy occurs, must issue a proclamation ordering a special election to fill the vacancy and specify in the proclamation the dates on which the primary and general elections will be and the dates of the qualifying period for candidates in the special election.
Also on the ballot Saturday, April 30 was a 1% School Board sales tax renewal. The verbiage changed the time frame of the tax from renewing every 10 years, as has been done since 1982, to in perpetuity, or forever.
The tax met some opposition, but ultimately passed by a margin of 68 to 32%. There were 1,582 votes in favor of the tax in perpetuity and 729 votes against it.
The School Board now will operate on a total of 2.5% in sales taxes, all in perpetuity.
Reba Phelps
School Board President
Dist. 6

“Thank you to the voters of Natchitoches Parish for the confidence you showed in renewing this tax with 68% voting yes. We are humbled and grateful for your support. We look forward to the work it will take to earn the respect and trust of those who opposed it,” Board President Reba Phelps said Tuesday.