- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Qualifying opens Wednesday for the vacant House District 26 seat in Alexandria.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1tKj6MO ) the winner will serve the remainder of the current term, which expires in January 2016.

The seat became vacant Dec. 10 when 65-year-old Herbert Dixon resigned to focus on his health. Dixon is being treated for bladder cancer. He had served since January 2008.

Qualifying runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court’s Office. Clerk of Court Robin Hooter says it’s the only election scheduled for the Feb. 21 ballot. A runoff, if needed, will be March 28.

Jeff Hall, a retired Cleco executive who finished second in the recent Alexandria mayoral race, became the first candidate to formally announce for the special election.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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