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New developments arose each day last week as Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins found out Tuesday he was disqualified from the 2022 elections and made his case to the appellate court to overturn that decision on Friday. The appellate court is obliged to deliver a decision Monday by noon.


Judge disqualifies Shreveport mayor from 2022 elections for listing inaccurate address

A judge has disqualified Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins from seeking re-election after finding the incumbent inaccurately listed his address on qualifying paperwork.

Judge Brady O’Callaghan filed the ruling shortly before noon Tuesday.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins during the Community in Crisis walk in memory of Landry Anglin at Betty Virginia Park on Monday evening, May, 2, 2022.
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins during the Community in Crisis walk in memory of Landry Anglin at Betty Virginia Park on Monday evening, May, 2, 2022.

A Shreveport voter filed a lawsuit against Perkins Friday claiming Perkins violated a state law requiring candidates to register their campaigns under the same address they use their homestead exemption at.

The plaintiff provided proof showing Perkins used one Shreveport address for his homestead exemption but registered to vote and campaign under a different Shreveport address.

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Shreveport mayor to judge: 'news cameras in my face' caused residency, eligibility error

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on August 3, 2022.
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on August 3, 2022.

Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins appeared in court Monday afternoon to answer a claim that he should be disqualified from the 2022 elections because he listed the wrong address on his qualifying application.

The plaintiff, Francis Deal, provided evidence they say proves Perkins violated a rule requiring candidates to register for office using the address they have registered for a homestead exemption.

Perkins has a homestead exemption registered but registered to vote using a different Shreveport address.

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Attorneys for Shreveport Mayor to appeals judges: your opinion was wrong on precedence

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on November 24, 2021.
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on November 24, 2021.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins appeared in the Second Circuit Court of Appeal Friday morning to stand before a trio of judges who can decide if he is to be reinstated into the 2022 elections.

Attorney Scott Bickford for Perkins argued the statute used by the trial court to disqualify Perkins does not contain a punishment.

Bickford told the panel of judges he believes O’Callaghan was “tortured” by the decision on Sellars vs. Nance, a decision made by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and referenced as precedence for the decision made by O’Callaghan.

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Shreveport mayor calls residency lawsuit a voter suppression attempt, will appeal immediately

Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins met with the press Tuesday August 2, 2022 to call the residency lawsuit a voter suppression attempt and says he will appeal immediately.
Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins met with the press Tuesday August 2, 2022 to call the residency lawsuit a voter suppression attempt and says he will appeal immediately.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins called the lawsuit that led to him being disqualified from the 2022 elections a voter suppression attempt during a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Caddo Parish Courthouse.

“My opponents are trying to use a clerical error to disqualify the sitting mayor of Shreveport who won election overwhelmingly and grew up in Shreveport.”

Perkins continued, “Let’s be clear: my opponents have run several polls. In all of those polls I am the most likely candidate to win this Fall. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by them to undermine our democratic process.”

Perkins closed the press conference without answering any questions.

Testimony from estranged wife leads to disqualification of Shreveport council candidate

An investigation is underway after an incendiary device was found at the Caddo Parish Courthouse early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. The device was found at the entry door on the Milam Street side.
An investigation is underway after an incendiary device was found at the Caddo Parish Courthouse early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. The device was found at the entry door on the Milam Street side.

A Shreveport City Council hopeful was disqualified from the 2022 elections by a judge Tuesday for falsifying his address.

The ruling came after a court hearing earlier that day where candidate Kinsey Montgomery’s estranged wife contradicted his story.

Montgomery was sued by Fred Moss, a district A voter who said he knew Montgomery to live in Bossier City.

Montgomery testified he’s lived with his mother in Shreveport’s District A since March and rents his Bossier City residence to a friend. His mother testified the same.

But Montgomery’s estranged wife testified she knows Montgomery to live at the Bossier City residence. That’s where she drops off their children for visitation.

Kendrick Dante writes for the USA Today Network and is a government watchdog reporter in Shreveport, Louisiana. He enjoys cooking, concerts, and content. Email him at kdbrown1@gannett.com or connect on Twitter @kendrickdante.

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: The 318: Shreveport mayor disqualified from 2022 elections, appeal looms