Incumbent East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members Vereta Lee, left, President Jerry Arbour, standing, center, and Tarvald Smith, seated right, work on their qualifying paperwork Wednesday morning. Alfred Buckley, standing right, assistant chief deputy clerk of court, advises them how to proceed at the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's Office. By the end of qualifying Friday, both Lee and Arbour had drawn opponents while Smith was elected without opposition. One other incumbent, Jill Dyason, also drew no opponent as did newcomer David Tatman.
One other incumbent, Jill Dyason
, also drew no opponent as did newcomer David Tatman.
Dyason, a Republican, joined the board in 2001, and Smith, a Democrat, did so in 2003.
They represent districts 10 and 4, respectively.
has not had an opponent since the 2001 special election that put her
on the board.
put some signs out and did some early campaigning just in case.
"I'm humbled by the fact that my constituents have the security, faith and knowledge that I'm actually representing them," said Dyason, who serves as community development director for Just Kids Dental, a Baton Rouge dental clinic that helps children living in poverty.
likes the variety of people she's
seeing among the other candidates and hopes that they represent a "new start for the School Board," which she
views as having veered from its true mission.