Wayne Edwards Appointed to Minden City Council
Written by Daniel Davidson on June 26, 2020
Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Wayne Edwards as the interim District A councilman effective today, June 26, 2020.
In a letter to Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, found here, the governor has requested for Edwards to be issued a commission for Council Member, District A, City of Minden, Parish of Webster.
In an e-mail sent out by Minden Mayor Terry Gardner to the council and local media, Gardner said “When we receive the paper work from Secretary of State we will be swearing in Mr. Edwards.”
Governor Edwards had originally appointed Wayne Edwards to the seat on April 22, 2020 following the resignation of Herbert “Tye” Taylor III. Later the same day, an announcement was made that the appointment had been rescinded. About a week later, more clarification was give by Mayor Gardner. He stated that the governor rescinded his appointment because he did not have the authority to do so under the existing COVID-19 emergency declarations. The job of choosing an interim council member fell back into the hands of the council. Since then, the council has failed to meet on multiple occasions to make an appointment and to take care of other city business.
Wayne Edwards ran for the position of District A councilman in November 2018 against Taylor. Edwards lost by a vote of 416-393, or 51% to 49%. The council now has the job of calling for a special election to appoint a permanent member to finish out the term.