The NPJ has received numerous inquiries from the public asking whether a tax payer-paid employee running for office should take a leave of absence. To answer, we ask current and former political candidates this question about their campaigns.
Stuart Wright- Currently running for Natchitoches Parish Sheriff
Signed paperwork in June to use vacation days up to August when his leave of absence will begin
Tim Key- Ran for City Marshal
Took a leave of absence when he officially qualified and abstained from campaigning while on duty with the Sheriff’s Office leading up to the qualifying
Danny Hall- Ran for Sheriff
The first time he ran a leave of absence was taken from the DA’s Office. The second time he quit his job in order to campaign