- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

JONESBORO, La. (AP) - Longtime Jackson Parish Tax Assessor Eddie Gatlin has announced that he will not seek re-election after nine terms.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1K1MVxs ) Gatlin, who has been a political fixture for almost four decades, was first elected in 1981 in a tight six-person race. His last eight terms have been unopposed.

Gatlin and Plaquemines Parish Assessor Bobby Gravolet are the current longest-serving assessors in Louisiana. Gravolet has also announced he won’t seek a 10th term.

Gatlin says he’s excited about spending more time with his wife of 47 years and their daughter.

Former Louisiana Senate President Randy Ewing says Gatlin will leave a strong legacy of fair and equitable service.

Though the election process for his successor is this fall, Gatlin’s term won’t end until Dec. 31, 2016.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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