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Several offices up for re-election in Pineville

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Pineville mayor and all five Pineville city council seats will be on the ballot in April. 

"It's hard to believe it's been four years since we last did this," said Rich Dupree, Pineville chief of staff. 

But in fact it is election season once again. On April 5, all five Pineville city council members will be up for re-election, as well as Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields.

Dupree says, it's an important opportunity for residents.

"It is a referendum on the administration; it's a referendum on the city council," he said. "If you're happy with the way things are going, then our hope would be that you return this administration, as it is, to office. But there is always the possibility that there are changes."

Always the possibility, yes, however, Clarence Fields has been mayor since 2000, and hasn't even had a challenger for the past two races. 

So it might be an uneventful election season in Pineville.  

"Clarence Fields could run for president and carry Rapides Parish," said Dr. Jim Rogers, a professor of history at LSUA. "He's just incredibly popular and deservedly so, from my perspective."

But there's no guarantee. 

"Incumbency isn't everything, and it's a long couple of months," said Rogers. "Things can happen."

And until we find out on voting day, Rich Dupree says, it's business as usual.

"We think we've got a plan that has worked well for the last 14 years, and will continue to work for the city of Pineville," said Dupree. "All of that, plus changing the image and direction of the city to where more people want to call Pineville home."

The elections for Alexandria will be this fall.


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