- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two days before the candidate sign-up period was set to start, Gov. Bobby Jindal changed the election date to fill a vacant Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat.

Jindal moved the election for the District 4 seat representing 10 north Louisiana parishes from March 28 to Oct. 24 and pushed back qualifying from this week until September.

The change was requested by Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who said the special March election would cost more than $428,000 and didn’t meet the legal requirements for a BESE election. Jindal announced late Monday that he would make the change requested.

The seat was vacated when board member Walter Lee resigned following a plea deal in a felony case against him. Jindal has appointed a temporary replacement until the election.

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