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Following the interviews of six candidates interested in filling the interim District 8 representative seat on the Caddo Parish School Board, the Board voted on Friday to name Jeri Bowen to serve the Broadmoor and Captain Shreve neighborhoods.

Immediately following a majority Board vote, Bowen was sworn in by Board Counsel Reginald Abrams and took her seat among her fellow Board members.

Bowen, a wife and mother of two, currently serves as Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center. In her comments to the Board, she said she feels a strong desire to give back to a district which educated her and her two children. Bowen also said she is grateful and honored to serve the parents and students of District 8 and make a positive difference.

“I am Caddo and I am so proud of all this district has done for my family and I in preparing us for our next steps,” Bowen said. “I look forward to working with the members of the Board to build on the successes we’ve seen and support our schools to continue the great gains we are seeing.”

Bowen’s resume includes extensive experience in community service in addition to her current nonprofit advocacy role. She has previously served as President of the Board of the Louisiana Association for the Blind and was named a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier.

Bowen will serve in the interim role until the Nov. 3 election as she represents District 8 following Denee’ Locke’s decision to step down earlier this month. Locke was first elected in 2014 and in her more than five years on the Board served as President and chaired the Building and Grounds Committee.