RAYMOND J. LABAT, JR.
MELINDA PRICE-BEDI, KYLE ARDOIN, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF ST. CHARLES, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 86, 686, DIVISION
"X" HONORABLE ASHLY B. SIMPSON, JUDGE AD HOC
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, RAYMOND J. LABAT, JR. Steven
DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, MELINDA PRICE-BEDI In Proper Person
composed of Judges Fredericka Homberg Wicker, Jude G.
Gravois, and Marc E. Johnson
E. JOHNSON, JUDGE
an election challenge contesting the candidacy of Melinda
Price-Bedi for the office of Sheriff of St. Charles Parish.
This position is to be filled by a primary election to be
held on October 12, 2019, followed by a general election
November 16, 2019, if necessary. For the reasons that follow,
we affirm the judgment of the district court.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
August 7, 2019, Ms. Price-Bedi filed a sworn notice of
candidacy for the office of Sheriff of St. Charles Parish. On
August 15, 2019, Raymond J. Labat, Jr., a duly-qualified
elector of the Parish of St. Charles,  filed a petition
to challenge the candidacy of Ms. Price-Bedi on two grounds:
(1) that Ms. Price-Bedi had falsely certified that she met
the necessary qualifications for candidate for sheriff as she
was not "actually domiciled for the preceding year"
in St. Charles Parish;and (2) that Ms. Price-Bedi had falsely
certified in her Notice of Candidacy that she had filed her
state income tax returns for two of the five previous years -
2017 and 2018.
Notice of Candidacy form, Ms. Price-Bedi certified, among
other things, that:
6) I have read this Notice of Candidacy and I meet the
qualifications of the office for which I am qualifying.
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8) If I am a candidate for any office other than United
States senator or representative in congress, that for each
of the previous five tax years, I have filed my federal and
state income tax returns, have filed for an extension of time
for filing either my federal or state income tax return or
both, or was not required to file either a federal or state
income tax return or both.
13) All the statements contained herein are true and correct.
of the matter was held on August 19, 2019. That day, Judge
A. Bruce Simpson, ad hoc signed a written judgment
disqualifying Ms. Bedi as a candidate for the office of
Sheriff in St. ...