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Oct 23, 2015

Source: WWL-TV

Filed under: Government Finance, On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

Elections Saturday: What’s on the ballot

By Dominic Massa


October 23, 2015

Voters will head to the polls Saturday to cast ballots in statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor and other top offices, as well as dozens of local races.

Polling places are open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Secretary of State Tom Schedler is predicting less than 50 percent of Louisiana voters will participate in the election based on early voting trends.

For information about what’s on your ballot, click here.

The marquee race on the ballot is of course the race for governor, with nine candidates in all vying for the state’s top job. The four major candidates most mentioned are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, state Rep. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

With Dardenne running for governor, the lieutenant governor’s post is also up for grabs. Four candidates are vying for that job – state Sen. Elbert Guillory, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Jefferson Parish President John Young.

There are also races for statewide offices of Attorney General, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, with all incumbents facing one or more challengers.

There are also four constitutional amendments on the state ballot. The Public Affairs Research Council has released its guide to the amendments.

There is also a school board race in part of Orleans Parish, with three candidates running for the seat formerly held by Ira Thomas, who pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Parish president and parish council races will draw interest in several parishes, including Jefferson Parish (with candidates vying to replace John Young as president); St. Tammany Parish (which also has a sheriff’s race, clerk of court and assessor race on the ballot) as well as St. Bernard Parish, where indicted parish president Dave Peralta is seeking re-election. There are also parish president races in Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and St. John parishes (where there is also a sheriff’s race). Plaquemines also has races for sheriff, clerk of court, assessor, coroner and school board.

In the French Quarter, voters will consider a quarter-cent sales tax proposal that would fund extra security for the French Quarter, namely an extended State Police presence. The Bureau of Governmental Research has analyzed the proposal and endorsed it. Read their report here.

Any runoffs, if needed, will be scheduled for Nov. 21.

Oct 23, 2015

Source: WWL-TV

Filed under: Government Finance, On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

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