The field of candidates in St. Tammany Parish seeking to fill state Rep. John Schroder's unexpired term in House District 77 doubled Thursday, the second day of qualifying for the Oct. 14 election, with a Covington business owner and a justice of the peace entering the race.

Lisa Condrey Ward, who owns the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington, qualified as the lone non-Republican in the race. She is listed as having no party affiliation.

Ward had not publicly announced her candidacy before qualifying, although Parish President Pat Brister told the audience at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday that the business owner was planning to run.

Casey Revere, of Madisonville, also qualified Thursday. A justice of the peace in Ward 2, he had announced earlier that he was running for the seat, which is vacant following Schroder's resignation to run for state treasurer.

Rob Maness, a two-time unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate, and Covington City Councilman Mark Wright qualified Wednesday.

The race for the Parish Council District 2 seat also gained another candidate Thursday when Joe Freeman, an Abita Springs Democrat, qualified. Freeman was one of seven applicants who sought the interim appointment to the seat after the death of Dennis Sharp in May.

David Fitzgerald, whom the Parish Council appointed to fill the seat until the special election, qualified Wednesday.

This story was altered on July 14, 2017 to reflect that Mark Wright is a current Covington councilman.

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