NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Cynthia Lee Cade, the Vice President of the Orleans Parish School Board, has been disqualified from running for re-election.
According to court documents, Cade did not file tax returns for 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. As part of qualifying to run, Cade signed certification papers claiming she had filed.
According to the judgment, Orleans Parish School Board Chief Financial Officer Stan Smith testified Cade was required to file tax returns because of her $800/month school board salary.
In Tuesday's ruling, Judge Kern Reese said, "the court is left with no other recourse but to find that Ms. Cade is not qualified to run for the position of Orleans Parish School Board Member, District 2."
Casey Versailles filed the objection to Cade's candidacy in Civil District Court. Judge Reese dismissed Versaille's challenge to Cade's residency.
Cade was first elected to the board in 2004.
Only one other candidate qualified to run for the District 2 seat. If the ruling goes unchallenged, Ethan Ashley would be elected to the position unopposed.
Three other school board members are also being returned to the board without opposition.