- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

BAKER, La. (AP) - The city of Baker is looking to elect a new mayor and chief of police as the incumbents are not seeking re-election.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1N5D9Jh ) Mayor Harold Rideau is not seeking re-election and Chief of Police Mike Knaps is retiring after 35 years. Rideau has been mayor since 2004.

Candidates are eyeing those open positions as they qualify this week to run for those and other positions in the March 5 primary. Qualifying started Wednesday and ends Friday.

On Wednesday, four candidates - Leroy Davis, Fred Russell, Darnell “DA-1” Waites and Joyce Burges - qualified to run for mayor. All four are Democrats.

Two candidates have so far qualified to run for chief of police.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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